5 Healthy Oils and How to Use Them
As cooking oil options continue to grow, it is often difficult to know which oils are best for your health. Check out our breakdown of common oils you should have in your kitchen and different ways you can use them:
- Avocado Oil
Why: This oil is packed with healthy monounsaturated fat as well as antioxidants that are known to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Use: Known for having the highest smoke point of all plant oils, avocado oil is perfect for grilling, sautéing and roasting thanks to its creamy, rich texture.
- Coconut Oil
Why: Coconut oil is made up of the metabolism-boosting Medium Chain Triglycerides that provides the body healthy fat.
Use: Perfect for baking sweet treats thanks to its flavorful coconut taste.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Why: The oil is beneficial for heart health thanks to the monounsaturated fatty acids it provides.
Use: Best fit for dressings, dips or other non-heat uses because it will break down at high temperatures.
- Canola Oil
Why: Canola oil is high in omega-3 fat known for its benefits for heart health as well as helping lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Use: Its versatile, natural taste makes it easy to add to anything as long as you only heat to medium temperatures.
- Walnut Oil
Why: Provides a balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids as well as antioxidants.
Use: Use for low-heat purposes only, like salad dressings and dips that pair well with the nutty flavor of the oil.