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Healthiest Cooking Oils & What Oil to Never Cook With This Oil Again!

Whenever I see someone using canola or vegetable oil, I want to toss it straight into the trash! Oil is used almost daily in most kitchens, yet the majority of people have no idea what type of oil to buy to complement a healthy lifestyle.

Because oil is a kitchen staple item- it’s 100% necessary to use the good stuff and toss the bad stuff!

So, let’s get down to business!

Label reading:

To create oil, you need to extract it from the source. Meaning the oil has to be processed in some capacity.

Here are some terms you might see on the label and what they mean:

Expeller pressed: No external temperature control during the extraction process. Meaning, any friction or heat created during the process can alter the taste and sometimes reduce the number of nutrients.

Cold pressed: The temperature is controlled during the extraction process so that the flavors stay intact. Because heat is limited, usually there are more nutrients intact.

Refined oil: More processed, less flavor, fewer nutrients, longer shelf life, commercial grade.

Unrefined oil: Less processed, more flavor, more nutrients, shorter shelf life

Therefore, choose cold-pressed, unrefined oil if you can!

Oils to Love!

It’s important to choose organic when possible. Because oils are highly processed these days, the nutritional value has already decreased. Choosing organic ensures you’re getting the highest quality.

  • Organic extra virgin olive oil
    • Great for dressings, drizzling on food. Avoid using at high temperatures.
  • Organic coconut oil
    • Great for cooking, baking, and drizzling on food.
  • Organic ghee (not an oil but can be used as one!)
    • Great for cooking, baking, and drizzling on food.

Oils to Avoid Entirely- seriously, don’t even buy these!

These oils are extremely processed and filled with chemicals. They hold absolutely no nutritional value, in fact, they can pack on the pounds, cause inflammation, and damage the gut lining.

  • Canola Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Sunflower Oil

Okay, so what about cooking sprays, like PAM? I would NOT recommend using this at all. Often, cooking sprays are a mix of the oils you want to avoid!

Instead, you can coat your pans with melted coconut oil or ghee– or both! St. Francis Herb has a great spray you can use– this lasted me almost 2 years, and I used it often, so  a little goes a long way!

Overall, it’s always been to do your research and find out which oils are best for you.

Ready to take your health to the next level or struggling to get on track?

I offer free 30-minute coaching calls- no strings attached. Visit: http://www.caseyhamm.co/freecall/ for more details and to schedule!

 

 

*Please note that I am not a doctor and this information should be used for educational purposes only. 

 

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