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Consuming Good Oils Versus Bad
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Consuming Good Oils Versus Bad

In 2010, cardiovascular disease killed an estimated 400,000 people and 1/3 of the population was classed as obese in America. Low-fat, no-fat and low-carb diet fads don`t seem to stem the tide in these rates. Many blame all fats and oils; in reality only certain fats and oils are bad. Overconsumption of sugar, refined carbohydrates, and greasy junk food fried in bad oils are to blame for obesity and other health problems we face.

Avoid Bad Oils

Avoid corn, cottonseed, palm, rapeseed, canola, safflower, sunflower, soybean, margarines, vegetable lards, artificial butter spreads, and mutant butter-vegetable oil blends and products that contain them. Especially avoid them in their hydrogenated state. The companies that market these would like you to think they are healthy simply because they contain no trans-fats. They also remove good fats and the nutrients they support from the body.

Most of these oils are refined using a process that includes hexane, bleach, solvents, high heat, and deodorizers. The problem with many of them is that they have their nutritional properties stripped and are rancid. Manufacturers deodorize them to make them palatable again. Rancid oils are sticky and cause cancer and cholesterol plaques.

Indulge in Good Oils and Fats

In their unrefined state and when consumed in moderate amounts, coconut, peanut, avocado, grape seed, olive, red palm, sesame, safflower, and sunflower oils are the healthiest oils on the planet. Even ghee, coconut butter and cocoa butter are healthy, if consumed in reasonable amounts.

~Use coconut, peanut, avocado, and grape seed oils for high heat cooking. Such as frying, deep-frying, and baking. They can take the heat and still come out healthy and sweet.

~Use olive oil, red palm oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, cocoa and coconut butter for low heat cooking. Such as baking and sauteing.

All of these are also healthy and delicious raw and make great butter substitutes. In fact, the high-heat cooking oils contain medium-chain fatty acids. According to the most recent research, MCFA's improve metabolism, nervous disorders, immune disorders, autism disorders, ADD and ADHD, cholesterol, blood pressure, heart problems and atherosclerosis. All of these oils contain some omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin-E, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants.

Treat Yourself to Healthy Raw Oils

Raw nut oils are healthy, but tend to turn rancid and harden quite quickly after pressing them from their respective seeds. Buy them in the cooler or freezer section of grocery stores or directly from manufacturers who guarantee their oils are pressed recently and then stored and shipped under a certain temperature. They all contain healthy nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, vitamin-E, and omega-fatty acids. They are delicious on salads, in smoothies, as butter replacements or at the end of cooking to add flavors to foods. Although expensive, a little goes a long way when it comes to flax seed, hempseed, almond, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, apricot, pecan, pine, pistachio, walnut, and pumpkin seed oils.

Supplementary Oils

Many of the oils listed above are very healthy and contain important nutrients that help balance the body and hormones. The following oils contain even higher amounts of those beneficial ingredients: borage, blackcurrant, evening primrose, hempseed, and coconut oils. Researchers say these improve cardiovascular health, normalize hormones, alleviate menopause symptoms, and improve skin conditions.

Additional Benefits

Cashew oil is said to improve dental health. Fresh ground flax seeds add fiber and lignans, research suggests, improve cardiovascular and sexual health. Not all fats and oils are bad. When consumed daily in moderate amounts, fats are essential to good health, weight loss, vibrant skin and energy.


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