I shared my list of the five healthiest cooking oils with readers of All You magazine. Some of these oils, such as olive oil, you may already have in your pantry. Others you may have only used in your beauty routine. And some you may want to consider adding to your kitchen repertoire. For example, Malaysian sustainable palm oil is a better-for-you fat which just might replace an oil you currently use.
- Malaysian sustainable palm oil. Palm oil is a great source of vitamin E tocotrienols. This powerful antioxidant helps protect you from chronic diseases, and helps delay the aging process. And unlike some fats, this oil doesn’t break down or lose its nutritional value at high heat. With its high smoke point, it’s a better choice for grilling, frying or sautéing than olive oil. Its neutral flavor also makes it a good substitute for butter when baking, or for mayonnaise in pasta and potato salads.
- Coconut oil. The natural sweetness of coconut oil makes it a perfect choice for baking sweet treats. Another bonus: Coconut and palm oil are both tropical oils, which are naturally trans fat free.
- Avocado oil. This versatile oil helps protect the body’s cellular mitochondria. It’s delicious in salad dressings or drizzled over homemade pizza.
- Olive oil. Olive oil is rich in polyphenol antioxidants which help eliminate disease-causing free radicals. It’s also high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. You may have read that the association between saturated fat and heart disease is questionable. Always being mindful when including fats in your diet. Because it may break down at high temperatures, olive oil is best used for dressing a salad or drizzling over crusty bread.
- Macadamia nut oil. This mild, buttery oil contains oleic acid which is a potential cancer fighter. It also has a long shelf life. Use it for light sautéing or stir frying.
Felicia Stoler is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. She is compensated to express her own professional opinions, through the media, about certain products.