You're trying to be healthy, and you want to choose the best fat to cook in. Butter has been demonized for years, lard for even longer. The fancier oils like grapeseed oil, almond oil, and the others are very expensive.
So what do you choose?
They've been telling you that vegetable oil can help you be healthier and reduce your fat levels for years. And then they told you to reduce the fats you eat altogether.
But, what if they were wrong? Like eggs and butter and avocados, what if they were wrong about vegetable oil?
What if the rise in diabetes, heart disease, heart attacks, and Alzheimer's is not just getting older, but a focus on unhealthier foods we were led to believe were better.
How Vegetable Oil Is Made
Let's start with the process of how vegetable oil gets made. Maybe you thought of it like olive oil or nut oils that have the oils pressed out of them and gently collected in beautiful bottles for you to buy.
That's the image they want you to have, but it's far, far from the truth.
Most vegetable oils are from soybean, sunflower, or rapeseed. The technology to extract oils from these plants wasn't even available until a few decades ago. That's when chemical processing, solvents, and heat extraction could pull enough out of the plant to produce oil.
Because of the process, the oils are contaminated with chemicals, degraded because of the heat, and smell awful. They're rancid. More chemicals neutralize the extracting solvents, and deodorants and clarifiers remove the rotten smell and sediment.
Vegetable oils require a lot of labor, chemicals, and processing to exist.
Once you buy a bottle, that oil has gone through a lot of processing. Chances are, you still have some of the chemical extracting solvents still in there. The deodorants and clarifiers are still in there. Oftentimes, there still flavors and colors to make sure the product looks like what the consumer wants.
There's no nutrient value left in this oil. None of the vitamins or minerals survived, none of the healthy enzymes. Even the fats are horrible for your body.
Many of the fat started as a little healthier. But, the processing destroyed that. The heat and oxygen required for processing turn a lot of the fats into trans fats, the ones that are dangerous for your heart because they create plaque to coat the inside of your arteries.
And your body can't even use the fats from the oil for basic building blocks. Your body recognizes these fats are unhealthy and will pass them straight out of your system, creating problems such as constipation and foul odors.
Here's all the things it's been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Inflammatory bowel syndrome
- Macular degeneration (eye damage and blindness)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psychiatric disorders
- Autoimmune disease
What Is A Better Oil To Use?
Vegetable oil is the unhealthy choice. But, if you've been used to using it, you may be at a loss of what to use instead.
It's time to get back to basics.
You really only need three types of fat in your kitchen: butter, olive oil, and peanut oil.
Butter and olive oil are rich in healthy fats that your body needs. Butter contains vitamin A, vitamin D, and calcium. Olive oil links to a heart-healthy diet.
Peanut oil doesn't have anything going for it nutritionally, but it's a neutral oil that can take the heat, and It's usually unrefined.
Then, you can start expanding out into other oils. They each have amazing health benefits and taste amazing.
Used in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years, sesame oil is fantastic for your health. It's a powerful anti-inflammatory oil that's rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It helps encourage healing, including helping wounds close and burns heal. It can also help control blood sugar and reduce cholesterol levels. The high antioxidant level and anti-inflammatory properties help relieve arthritis pain.
Exceptionally high in omega-3 fatty acids, olive oil is slightly anti-inflammatory and linked to helping to reduce heart disease, diabetes, mental dysfunction, and energy problems. Liberal use of high-quality olive oil may even help you lose weight.
Containing far more long-chain and medium-chain triglycerides, coconut oil is excellent for your energy. It can help reduce your hunger and encourage your body to burn stored fats for energy, helping you lose weight. Some tentative research shows that it might help reduce seizures and reduce cholesterol levels.
But, some of the most exciting research comes from Alzheimer's and dementia. Coconut oil consumption seems to help people retain memories and improve recall. That indicates coconut oil is amazing for your brain.
Nuts are very high in oils and fats, making them ideal for cold-press extraction. That means the fats are preserved and in healthy form by the time you get them. Every nut oil is slightly different, but most of them can help increase your level of omega-3 fatty acid consumption, which can help your heart and your brain. Plus, they taste fabulous and add dimension and depth to many of your meals.
Another high antioxidant oil, grapeseed does wonders for your skin and beauty regimen. It's one of the primary oils to consume for looking good.
We hope you decide to give some of these other oils or try and ditch the vegetable oil. Your health will benefit, and you'll enjoy the tastes.