Does Your Body Need an Oil Change? Change to a Healthier Cooking Oil
Does your body need an oil change? It might be time to change to healthier cooking oil. Healthy saturated fats are gaining in popularity, especially with the ketogenic diet trend on the rise. The artery-clogging propaganda promoted in the past is losing ground as new studies are finding there are many benefits to healthy fats. Not all oils are created equal, however, and the oils you choose to cook with the matter. All the advertising and marketing campaigns can cause some confusion. Olive oil, canola oil, butter, or coconut oil? What’s healthy and what isn’t? Let’s take a look.
Four Common Cooking OilsCanola oil is heavily marketed as healthy, even attached with claims that it prevents heart disease, but is it really that healthy? Canola oil:
- Is a derivative of the rapeseed plant, modified to have lower levels of erucic acid.
- Is a partially hydrogenated oil. This is to increase stability but is also linked to higher health risks, including coronary heart disease.
- Most crops are genetically modified and “Roundup ready”, sprayed down with glyphosate – an herbicide linked to several health issues, including non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. (Lawsuits filed in connection with Roundup for causing cancer, August 2018, ConsumerSafety.org)
- When heated, vegetable oils release aldehydes, which are considered toxic and linked to diseases such as cancer, dementia, and heart disease. Aldehyde levels were found highest in sunflower oil.
- Polyunsaturated fats, like those found in corn and soy oils, contain unstable long-chain fatty acids which are more susceptible to oxidation and can turn rancid quickly.
- Contains a high concentration of oleic acid, which is beneficial for reducing inflammation.
- May have beneficial components which inhibit the expression in genetics linked to cancer.
- May help protect against heart disease.
- Contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which go straight to the liver metabolized as ketones (energy).
- Higher ketone levels help to suppress appetite and perceived hunger.
- Coconut oil was found to have moderate levels of anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic properties, according to this study.