Put down the oil…

Since starting on this health journey, one of the most shocking things I learned is that not all oils are safe to cook with. Is this news to you too? I wouldn’t doubt it. Many of us have never been told that any difference exists between the oils we choose to cook with – and I want to change that right now!

The important difference between oils is in the stability of the fats. All fats have a temperature at which point they oxidize – or in other words – go rancid. Polyunsaturated fats – which up until this point we thought were healthy – actually have a very low temperature point at which they oxidize. I’m sure you’re wondering now what rancid or oxidized fat will do to your body… so let me explain it in a little more detail. Oxidized fats contain free radicals which various studies and theories have connected oxidative stress due to free radicals to:

So what has polyunsaturated fats in it? Some of your favourites like sunflower seed oil, canola oil, walnut oil, sesame oil, vegetable oil, peanut oil, and most definitely – MARGARINE!

For further understanding, I would recommend watching this great video I found explaining the differences between the different fats we consume.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. That’s a pretty disturbing list. I definitely don’t use many oils when cooking, just enough to prevent food from not sticking to pots and pans, but maybe even thats too much. Hmm, things to consider!

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    1. There are alternatives that I will be speaking about in my next post! 🙂 I personally use coconut oil and avocado oil for everything now!

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