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Healthy Cooking Oils

Let’s talk about oil. We know about all the oils that are available to cook with like canola, vegetable, olive, etc. Like many other things, some of these are worse than others. In this case, you want to find yourself reaching for the olive oil instead of canola and vegetable oils.

Vegetable Oil – The name vegetable oil is kind of deceiving. Vegetables are good for us, so vegetable oil MUST be good for us too! Wrong! These oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called “Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids,” which are harmful in excess. (Omega 3’s are the good ones that are in fish) The process of making vegetable oil involves pressing, heating, various industrial chemicals, and highly toxic solvents. Here is what really hit home for me- “Humans were never exposed to these oils until very recently on an evolutionary scale, because we didn’t have the technology to process them. (Authority Nutrition). Vegetable oils may contribute to inflammation in the body. While acute inflammation is good and helps your body heal, chronic, systematic inflammation is something that you want to avoid, as it can lead to all types of health issues. Vegetable oils also contain trans fats- which are unsaturated fats that are modified to be solid at room temperature (Authority Nutrition). These fats are associated to many health disorders.

Canola oil - The way oil is made is similar to how vegetable oil is made refining, bleaching, and degumming. Canola oil is so high in omega-3 fatty acids, that it produces an unpleasant smell when exposed to oxygen, and therefore, it must be deodorized. This process removes a large portion of the omega-3 fatty acids by turning them into trans fatty acids. And as I mentioned above, trans fats are not good.

As you already know, GOLO recommends using olive oil or coconut oil. You can also try walnut oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil and grapeseed oil. All of these can be used as your fat serving in a GOLO meal. Please note: some oils should not be used to cook with. Make sure you do your research before you heat up any oil you are not familiar with.

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