Thursday, September 20, 2012

Health Advice: Safe Cooking Oils

Q: I often cook at home to help control my calorie intake.  Sometimes I use olive oil and other times I use butter.  What would be a healthier cooking oil to use?

A:  Even though it tastes good, butter may not be the best option when it comes to cooking.  Olive oil is a much better option.  The best one would be hazelnut.  If you're concerned about GMO, it's likely that corn, soy, and canola oils are genetically-modified. 
All of the following oils are low in "bad" fats:

  1. hazelnut oil
  2. olive oil
  3. flaxseed oil (needs to be refrigerated)
  4. avocado oil (good for cold spread)
  5. almond oil (good for salad dressings)
  6. canola oil (can fry foods)
  7. apricot oil
  8. sunflower oil (can fry foods)
  9. pistachio oil
  10. peanut oil (good for salad dressings)

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