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What's the Deal With: Oils

What's the Deal With: Oils

There's a lot of talk these days about OIL. But do you know which oils are healthy and which ones you should avoid? Then threre's the question of how to store them - it's hard not to get confused. I'm here to set you straight.

Healthiest Oils: Flax seed, olive and canola oils. They actually reduce your bad cholesterol.

Unhealthiest Oils: Cottonseed, palm kernel, and coconut oils. They are high in saturated fat, and potentially raise your cholesterol.

You should purchase oils in small quantities so they don't spoil. Pour them into dark glass bottles (unless you bought them that way already) and store them in a cool, dark place. Unrefined oils should be refrigerated, except for olive oil which can hang in your cupboard.

Fit's Tip: Remember that oils are liquid fats. Even the "good" oils still average a whopping 120 calories per tablespoon - so use them sparingly. Pour the oil into a spoon first, then drizzle it on your salad or into your frying pan.

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Fitness Fitness 10 years
Virgin coconut oil contains no trans fat. It is rich in lauric acid, which is known for being anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. But many times it is used in the hydrogenated form, which contains trans-fatty acids. Steer clear of this stuff.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
Yeah, i heard that coconut oil was good for you too. But isn't it high in fat? I have used it in my hair as a deep conditioner. It works really well, and smells nice too, like summer.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
i've had canola oil go bad. it was gross. plus i couldn't make the peanut butter cookies i was planning on baking. now that was a bummer.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i keep my olive oil in the fridge...gets kind of funky but i heard it keeps better there.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
so i read in a magazine that coconut oil was supposedly really healthy and cooking with it would help you loose weight? anyone know anything about this?
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