When it comes to eating healthy, it starts with what you are cooking WITH. With the endless choices on the store shelves it’s hard to know which to choose. Billions around the world, got trapped in the con of vegetable oil. There was competition among all the vegetable oils. The best part is that none of these “vegetable” oils are vegetables and all, with the exception of coconut oil, are extremely dangerous for you even far worse than any overly refined carbs, white sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Definition: An oil has been refined by using chemicals that are harmful to us. In short it means to ‘purify’. But the meaning of purify has many definitions. All these cooking oils are processed to death with chemical solvents, steamers, neutralizers, de-waxers, bleach and deodorizers before they are bottled.
Main reasons to avoid Refined or Vegetable oils:
- Vegetable Oils Contain an Unnatural Amount of Omega-6 Fats: These oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega- 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are harmful in excess.
- Vegetable Oils are Unnaturally Produced, Highly Refined and Extracted Using Heat and Chemicals: Refined oils are created through measures of high heat and extreme pressure, exposing the oil to all sorts of oxidative damage, polished off with a good dumping of chemical solvents to get every last bit of that profit-producing oil out of the seeds, or corn, or soy. Some of the chemical (usually hexane) remains, and yet another chemical is added to deodorize the rancid PUFA oil’s stench. And finally, carcinogenic BHT and BTA are added as chemical preservatives.
- Vegetable Oils Contribute to Excess Inflammation and Free Radical Damage: Polyunsaturated Fats are very fragile and oxidize very easily. Free-radical forming oxidation of the PUFA happens when it is exposed to heat, light, or oxygen. Excess inflammation leads to disease, diabetes and even cancer. Omega 6 fats not only fuel your body’s inflammatory pathways, but also reduce availability of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats in your tissues, resulting in more inflammation.
In a nutshell, these oils are extremely unhealthy. They’ve been linked to reproductive problems, low birth rate, hormonal issues, obesity, mental decline, liver problems, and the big problems of our day: cancer and heart disease. With the increasing hype over “heart healthy” vegetable oils and their sky-rocketed consumption level, it’s no wonder people have questions about these highly over-recommended products.
These are the options which are the healthier substitutes for refined oils:
A2 Ghee: It is a traditional dietary source of fat which is used in Indian cooking. It is better tolerated by those with dairy sensitivities as it’s very low in A2 beta casein the main protein found in milk and has nil to minimal amounts of lactose, making it better tolerated by those with dairy intolerances. Ghee is also rich in butyrate, a short chain fatty acid which can decrease inflammation and help improve the digestive system. Ghee is rich in fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K. Just one tablespoon of ghee can provide around 15 percent of your daily requirements of vitamin A. Ghee has one of the highest contents of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA has been shown to improve insulin resistance and potentially fight cancer in studies.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a body-friendly foodstuff that is heart-healthy, great for oral health, and other health benefits. Structurally, the colorless and tasteless coconut oil is taken from coconut kernels. The unique combination of fatty acids in coconut oil could have positive effects on your health, which may include encouraging fat loss, improving heart health, and boosting brain function.
Wood Pressed Oils: Cold pressing refers to oils obtained through pressing fruit or seeds with a wood axis. Although pressing produces heat through friction, it will be absorbed by the wood and the oilseeds are not precooked and consequently the oil is considered cold pressed – in contrast to large scale solvent extraction and refining operations which strip the oil of natural antioxidants, vitamins and flavour. Cold pressed oils retain all their flavour, aroma, and nutritional value, making these oils great for cooking and skin care requirements. They contain zero grams of trans fatty acids and are naturally cholesterol-free.
Switch to these options for a healthier and disease free life.
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