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Which Cooking Oils Are the Healthiest?

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If you’re confused about which cooking oil to use, you’re not alone. Different organizations claim different oils to be the healthiest.

I want to clear the confusion and share with you the best oils for cooking, according to science. But first realize that all cooking oils are high in calories—a teaspoon has about 120 calories, so consume them in moderation, if you’re trying to lose weight.

The two important things to consider when choosing cooking oil are the smoking point and ratio of omega-6 to omega-3s.

The two important things to consider when choosing cooking oil are the smoking point and ratio of omega-6 to omega-3s.

The smoking point of oil is the temperature at which oil starts to emit smoke. Oils with low smoking points should be avoided.

And make sure you choose oils with good ratio of omega 6 to omega 3s. A ratio of 2:1 or lower is preferable. Higher ratios have been linked to inflammation, cardiovascular diseases and other diseases.

Below, are the best cooking oils for your health.

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a high smoking point and is known to have numerous health benefits. Some folks may avoid it due to high levels of saturated fats, but study after study has proven that saturated fats are not bad for your health.

When buying coconut oil, choose virgin coconut oil, which has high amounts of antioxidants and it tastes great.

2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil has many health benefits, in fact research shows that extra virgin olive oil prevents cancer cells from spreading in the body.

Some believe that olive oil is not fit for cooking because of low smoking point but studies show that it has a smoking point fit for cooking.

3. Almond Oil

Almond oil isn’t just good for your skin, it can also be used for cooking. It contains high levels of monounsaturated fats and is known to improve cardiovascular health.

Note that some types of almond oil are not fit for consumption. Look for oils labeled, "for culinary use" or "foodgrade."

4. Clarified Butter (Ghee)

The fear of saturated fats has made many people avoid butter. But research shows that processed margarine is the problem, not real butter.

Real butter has a low smoking point so it’s best you use ghee. Which is also good for folks who are intolerant to lactose.

5. Avocado Oil

Avocado oil has a smoking point higher than any other plant oil (520 degrees). So it can be used in high heat cooking like pan-roasting or grilling. In fact, avocado oil can be consumed cold, so feel free to add it to salads and soups.

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