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Does your body need an oil change? It might be time to change to a healthier cooking oil.
Healthy saturated fats are gaining in popularity, especially with the ketogenic diet trend on the rise. The artery-clogging propaganda promoted in the past is losing ground as new studies are finding there are many benefits to healthy fats. Not all oils are created equal, however, and the oils you choose to cook with matter.
All the advertising and marketing campaigns can cause some confusion. Olive oil, canola oil, butter, or coconut oil? What’s healthy and what isn’t? Let’s take a look.
Four Common Cooking Oils
Canola oil is heavily marketed as healthy, even attached with claims that it prevents heart disease, but is it really that healthy? Canola oil:
- Is a derivative of the rapeseed plant, modified to have lower levels of erucic acid.
- Is a partially hydrogenated oil. This is to increase stability but is also linked to higher health risks, including coronary heart disease.
- Most crops are genetically modified and “Roundup ready”, sprayed down with glyphosate – an herbicide linked to several health issues, including non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. (Lawsuits filed in connection with Roundup for causing cancer, August 2018, ConsumerSafety.org)
Other Vegetable Oils (Corn, Safflower, Soy, Cottonseed) sound like they are healthy, many marketed to cut cholesterol and “heart healthy”, but the truth is, it doesn’t decrease heart disease risks and may actually increase risks.
- When heated, vegetable oils release aldehydes, which are considered toxic and linked to diseases such as cancer, dementia, and heart disease. Aldehyde levels were found highest in sunflower oil.
- Polyunsaturated fats, like those found in corn and soy oils, contain unstable long-chain fatty acids which are more susceptible to oxidation and can turn rancid quickly.
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) used to hold the stage light all on its own for the healthiest oil to cook with and for good reason. Olive oil:
- Contains a high concentration of oleic acid, which is beneficial for reducing inflammation.
- May have beneficial components which inhibit the expression in genetics linked to cancer.
- May help protect against heart disease.
Coconut oil has saturated fats, which are more stable than polyunsaturated fats found in cheap vegetable oils. Saturated fats give the body a quick source of energy and increase “good” cholesterol linked to reduced heart disease. Coconut oil:
- Contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which go straight to the liver metabolized as ketones (energy).
- Higher ketone levels help to suppress appetite and perceived hunger.
- Coconut oil was found to have moderate levels of anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic properties, according to this study.
Choose Olive Oil and Coconut Oil for Healthy Cooking
Olive oil and coconut oil have the healthiest profiles when it comes to healthy fats, which reduce inflammation, promote fat loss, give clean energy and contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle. Not all oils are created equal; be sure you’re choosing high-quality oils. Your health is worth it.
If you’re looking for high-quality oils, look no further than Wildly Organic! Wildly Organic produces olive oil and coconut oil that will make it easy to change to a healthier cooking oil.
Wildly Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is produced by a co-op of small farmers who value quality olives and have the highest of standards in their harvesting processes. The olive oil is produced by centrifuge, meaning it is never exposed to heat. Most commercial olive oil producers do not use this technique due to high costs and necessary technology. The centrifuge oil produces a far superior product. Also, did you know Wildly Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is certified organic and non-GMO verified? It sure is!
I’m sure you’ve already guessed, but not all coconut oil is created equal either. Wildly Organic produces a few types of coconut oil, from centrifuge extracted coconut oil to cold pressed coconut oil. Did you know there’s more than one variety of coconut oil? You can learn about each type of coconut oil we produce and how to use them!