Cooking Oils: Which one should you choose?

By now it’s rife in the media, and they’re all saying the same thing – oil’s not good for you! While that’s partly true, that definitely doesn’t mean you should shun it all together. Context, as in most cases is key here, for, in truth, we all do need some oil in our systems, while too much of it will hasten your descent to the grave. Think of your body like a car, and you can hardly get very far if there’s no oil in your engine.

Now, while all that’s well and good, here are four cooking oils that are better for you and can positively affect your health.

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Coconut Oil: That mainstay of God’s own country has now wowed the world, leading many folks to claim it as a Godsend, and while that may sound like exaggeration, it’s not a million miles away. For one, coconut oil could help you shed some of that troublesome weight as it contains short and medium-chain fatty acids. Besides this, coconut oil also provides antimicrobial lipids, as well as lauric, capric and caprylic acid which helps boost immunity levels. What’s more, contrary to popular belief, it also promotes heart health!

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Olive Oil: After it has proved to be a good cooking mate for our friends in other lands. Olive oil has been the ‘flavour of the month’ for quite a while now at our shores. Now, while it helps improve bone health by helping you absorb more calcium, olive oil also helps neutralize the free radicals in your body thereby limiting your cancer risk considerably, and also reduces your risk of contracting heart disease, owing to the fact that lowers your blood cholesterol levels.

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Canola Oil: A relatively new entrant in the cooking oil market in India, Canola oil is now a popular choice. Canola oil is high in Omega 3s, that aside it is known to have one of the lowest saturated fat contents of any oil known to man. But that’s not all, it also contains plant sterols which prevent the onset of heart disease, as well the absorption of cholesterol!

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Rice Bran Oil: Again, a rather unheard of option, but it isn’t without its health benefits! Chief among which are the prospect of lower cholesterol levels, owed in large part to the fact that the oil contains Oryzanol. That notwithstanding, it’s also high in good fats namely, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats too!

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