Cooking with Oils
I enjoy cooking with a variety of oils and it’s important to know which ones are the best to cook, eat raw and safely enjoy. There are so many out there and bring such a wonderful flavor to add to your culinary cuisine you want to make sure you are using the oils correctly.
Having a variety at your local market may be a little scary. All these different types and brands of oils staring you in the face. Do not be afraid!! Fear not, I am here to help you. Here is a bit of knowledge that will help you choose the best oils to cook with during your time in the kitchen.
First, start off with the quality. This would include choosing oils that are organic, free from pesticides, herbicides and GMO Free. Believe it or not, there are many oils that are blended together with products such as soy, sugar, added preservatives, sodium and are not GMO free.
Second, is the method used to get the oil. Cold pressed and expeller are best. If these methods weren’t applied in order to get the oil most likely a gas called Hexane was use to extract the oil which is a known carcinogen. Stay away from oils that were extracted with this type of method.
Third, oils have a set heat point high or low. This means at a certain temperature the oil will change its structure physically and chemically, becoming denatured, allowing free radicals to dwell in your body accelerating cell death. As a result, speeding up the aging process. No one wants that!!
The oils which have a high heat set point are:
1. Organic grass-fed clarified butter or ghee
2. Coconut oil
3. Avocado Oil
The oils that have a low heat set point and preferably consumed raw are:
1. Extra virgin olive oil- EVOO
2. Pine nut oil
3. Flaxseed oil
Stay away from canola, vegetable and corn oils as they are mostly likely made from GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism). If you have EBV (Epstein Barr Virus) do not consume corn, canola and soybean as they are fuelers for the virus.
Now that you have the information go into your pantry and read the labels on your oils. Take an active part in your health and your body will say, “Thank you.” Empowering yourself to take charge of your health starts with education, access, proactive choices and incorporate them into healthy positive lifestyle.