Are you using the wrong cooking oils?
One of the most common mistakes made cooking in the kitchen, is using the wrong oils, or using the right oil in the wrong way. There’s a lot of misconceptions about cooking oils. So today, I’m going to clear it all up for you!
Not all oils are healthy for you.
However, eating plenty of healthy fats is good for you. So let’s make sure you’re using the right kind of oils and fats, and using them correctly, to stay healthy!
There are a few oils that I avoid like the plague… Yep! I’m that serious about this, and I hope starting today, you are too. The following oils are not fit for human, or pet, consumption. Yep, you read that right, or pet consumption.
Oils to avoid, always. No exceptions! 🙂
- Canola OIl
- Safflower/Sunflower Oil
- Corn Oil
- Soy Oil
- Vegetable Oil
- Cottonseed Oil
- Hydrogenated Oils
Don’t forget to protect your fur babies too!
Please read food labels for your 4 legged family members also. We refuse to put this in our body, and we refuse to give it to our animals as well. The most common oil in pet food is canola oil, please, refuse to purchase pet food that has these oils.
Now onto the good stuff!
Ok, so now you know what not to do, let’s talk about what to do, and how to do it right!
I’m going to list your “yes” oils and then we’ll talk about some specifics. Here we go.
Say yes to these healthy oils.
- Organic Coconut Oil/MCT Oil
- Organic Grass Fed Butter/Organic GHEE
- Organic Avocado Oil
- Organic Olive Oil – We are going to talk about this more. 😃
- Organic Sesame Oil
Ok, so you have permission😉 to cook with the top 3 choices, but please, please, please do not cook with olive oil.
Olive oil has a very low smoke point, only 325 degrees, and the majority of cooking and baking that you’ll do, are at temperatures much higher than that. Therefore, my rule of thumb for olive oil is, use it in it’s cold healthy state, such as salad dressings.
What is a smoke point and why is it bad?
The smoke point is the point in which the oil starts smoking. When you cook with oil, you want it to simmer and sizzle, not smoke. When oil is heated past its smoke point, that fat starts to break down, releasing free radicals, (these are bad and can lead to cancers and other diseases) and a substance (chemical) called acrolein. That’s the chemical that gives your burnt food it’s yucky flavor and stinks up your house.
A little more about Olive Oil.
Most olive oils on the market are mostly hydrogenated oils and are mis-labeled as olive oil. Please only buy boutique, high quality olive oil from a reputable farmer. Please make sure you research and know what’s in your virgin olive oil bottle.
Let’s tie it all together.
My go to for oils in our home is organic grass fed butter and organic avocado oil. These are my two favorites because they don’t have overpowering flavors of their own, and just add to the flavor of what you’re cooking. I use organic avocado oil even in baking, when the recipe calls for nasty vegetable oils, I use organic avocado oil instead. The links take you to the exact products we use in our home. I use so much butter that I buy in bulk, and freeze it. hehe!
Some additional tid bits!
I love organic sesame oil when I make sauces for stir fry or for fried rice, Asian and Thai type of meals.
Organic coconut oil is great, but the flavor is so strong, that I use it a bit more on a limited use. It’s great for scrambled eggs. 😊
So there you have it!
A small change you can make in your home today that will impact the healthy future of you and your family forever.
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