ARE THESE 4 THINGS TRUE ABOUT YOUR COOKING OIL?
If you’re cooking at home more often than eating out, you’re already winning! Cooking at home allows us to control the quality of ingredients we put into our bodies so since you’re already heading in the right direction, let’s make sure you’re making the healthiest choices possible with the oil you use to cook! Take a moment right now to ask yourself these FOUR things about the cooking oil you use the most.
✨Is the oil unrefined?
It’s best to consume oils that are “unrefined” or “extra-virgin”. This is easier said than done since 99% of oil found in grocery stores is refined (!). “Refined” means that they have chemically “cooked” away many of the healthy nutrients in the oil to hide the “rancid” smell and prolong shelf life. (Many oils normally decay a short time after pressing). The process is so destructive that it turns even turns 1% of the oil molecules toxic!
✨ Is it high in “good fats”?
WE LOVE FAT! Healthy fats are imperative to make sex hormones, lose weight, boost energy, support good digestion, lower blood pressure, decrease cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, improve your brain health, and much more. Due to years of fear conditioning around fat, most of us simply don’t get enough. Not sure if your oil is high in healthy fats? Check that food label and look for high levels of total fats with low levels of saturated and trans fats. We want most of that total fat to come from poly and mono- unsaturated fats!
✨Is it good for high-heat cooking?
Most cooking oil (extra virgin olive oil especially) has a low smoke point. That means that when you use them for things like BBQs or pan-searing meat and vegetables, the oil starts to burn. As it burns, the oil breaks down, giving off cancer-causing chemicals and toxins. To be safe, go with an oil that has a smoke point of at least 420°F. (For reference, the smoke point of olive oil is 405°F while the smoke point of avocado oil is 520°F)
✨Does it taste good?
When it comes to fat, better-flavored cooking oils are also healthier for you. That’s because the same molecules and compounds that give the oil flavor are also the building blocks your body needs to repair cells and stay healthy. Picking a flavorful oil is a great way to ensure your oil is good for you. Not sure if you’ll be able to tell which oils “taste good” and which don’t? Put a little in a spoon and eat it plain. We promise you’ll be able to tell if an oil is “good” or “bad!”
⭐️Curious which oil meets all four of these requirements! We love ~~extra virgin avocado oil~~ for cooking for just these reasons described above!!⭐️
Our goal is to educate and empower you to play a bigger role in your health and to know how to get well when you’re sick and to stay well and prevent disease to the best of your ability before you get sick!
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