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Cooking Oils 101

At the store, there are many different kinds of oils. Healthy recipes often mention oils that you may not have at home. It is essential to get the low down on some of the more popular oils, so you have an idea about what they are and know their benefits.

When selecting oils for cooking, you have many options to choose from now.

Six popular choices.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This oil is popular and used in cooking and on a salad. In Italian restaurants,  you will see if offered with bread.  It has been linked to reducing blood sugar within two hours of consuming it.  Another benefit is that olive oil raises the GOOD cholesterol and lowers the BAD kind in your body.

Coconut Oil
This oil is growing in use. It is very high in saturated fats. Using coconut oil is the best choice for high heat cooking. The fatty acids are saturated in it, and it is resistant to heat.  The benefits linked to it are increasing the feeling of fullness if dieting, improving cholesterol, and killing bacteria.

Avocado Oil
This particular oil is a new kid on the scene. The oil has a very light taste, which makes it a great addition to salad dressing. Health benefits linked are the prevention of diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity. Avocado oil is one of the good fat choices. It is high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants.

Corn Oil
Corn oil is perhaps the most known and used by home cooks. Utilize corn oil when you bake, do stir-frying, or deep frying anything. Margarine usually contains corn oil. The oil has benefits associated with heart health and lower cholesterol.

Canola Oil
This oil is derived from rapeseed, which is part of the mustard family. This oil is lower in cost than olive oil. It is considered versatile, and it is lighter oil for frying. This oil has a healthy dose of Vitamin E in it, which is beneficial to brain function that includes memory and brain health.

Sesame Oil
Often sesame oil is associated with Asian dishes.  It is an anti-inflammatory that helps to regulate blood pressure. When you think of sesame oil, you may think of stir fry, but a big tip is to use other kinds of oils when cooking and then add the sesame oil at the end for a great flavor taste.

Find new oils and try them the next time you are cooking. Why not change up the oil choices in the house?

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