When it comes to cooking oils there’s plenty to choose from, making options in the grocery store overabundant and sometimes overwhelming to decide which to purchase. The traditional choices found in every grocery store are olive oil and canola, or vegetable oil. Although people have been using canola and olive oil for decades, they aren’t necessarily the healthiest options. These days, there are a plethora of different options for healthy cooking oils that are easily accessible and affordable.
One of the healthiest alternative choices for cooking oil is coconut oil. Coconut oil can be found at almost any grocery store and has wide range of uses, nutritionally and for the body. According to authoritynutrition.com, coconut oil is a superfood for its various amazing health benefits, such as healthy brain function and fat loss. Coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides, (MCTs) which are fatty acids of a medium length. According to Authority Nutrition, fatty acids in most diets are long-chain fatty acids, however, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently, by going straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. (Authoritynutrition.com) Other health benefits from coconut oil are the Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil Can Kill Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi, Helping to Stave Off Infections, kills your hunger, can reduce seizures, can improve cholesterol and help to lower risks of getting heart disease, functions as sunscreen and protects skin and hair and is overall an excellent item to keep in your kitchen for a multitude of reasons.
Not All Oils Are the Same
Another oil not commonly used that has profound health benefits is pumpkin seed oil. Pumpkin seed oil is nutritious and full of properties that help your health thrive such as healthy prostate function, cholesterol lowering, cystitus treatment, proper kidney function, anti arthritic, prevents diabetes, anti parasitic, increases mothers milk production and can be used for skin care. According to pumpkinseed.net, “The essential fatty acids, rich antioxidant content and synergistic effects of other minor components is the likely reason some people experience positive affects of eating pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds.”
Other beneficial healthy and nutritious cooking oil to keep in your kitchen is avocado oil. Avocado oil has a close resemblance to olive oil and can be used as a healthy substitute. Olivado.com stated, “Virgin avocado oil is distinctly green due to a high chlorophyll content (40-60mg/kg). While this might pose a risk of oxidative effects when exposed to light, earlier moves to decolorize the oil showed that consumers like the presence of chlorophyll, which is credited with health benefits. The rich color of the avocado oil is due to a combination of the chlorophyll and lutein.”
When you are at the grocery store deciding what cooking oil to buy for your kitchen, be sure to keep an open mind for alternative choices. Olive oil is always great for the body has many proven health benefits for the heart and the system, however there are many other healthy, nutritious options out there loaded with positive fats.