Cooking oils are something that you can’t avoid in your daily lives. However, are they really good for your health? These are the things that you should know…
- Oils you should avoid
Stay away from hydrogenated oils or trans fats (that are commonly used in packaged foods, bakes goods, chips, crackers and candies). This is because, these oils has been chemically changed to make it last longer. Hydrogenated oil will ruin your heart health by ‘playing’ with your cholesterol levels, and it can also increase your risk of getting diabetes.
It is recommended for you to only take no more than 1% of it of your total daily calories. A way to identify these oils in your food is by looking at the Saturated Fat section, in the “Total Fat” column.
- Is butter better than olive oil?
Because olive oil is high in heart-healthy fat, it will lower your risk of getting cardiovascular disease. And due to butter being a more saturated fat, it will increase the bad cholesterol in your body and causes inflammation. Hence, makes olive oil a more preferable choice to work with.
- Differences between regular, virgin, and extra-virgin olive oil
Basically, olive oil is made of crushed olives paste that’s then put through press process. An extra-virgin olive oil is when the pressed oil has a low acidity, good smell and taste. Virgin olive oil on the other hand has a slightly lower quality than extra-virgin.
This makes virgin and extra-virgin safer to be used as a salad dressing, bread dipper and more. The deeper the colour of the oil, the more intense the olive flavor will be. Although all three have the same benefit for the heart, the virgin and extra-virgin ones have extra antioxidants.
- Oil is fat, how can it be healthy for you?
This is because oils have fats that are good for you. So, it’s better to gain calories from healthy oils than from foods that guarantee to kill you instantly. Without these fats, your body won’t be able to absorb vitamins like A, D, E, and K – and this will also affect your skin, hair, heart and brain.
- This is how to store your oils
Make sure you keep them away from heat, light, and oxygen because they will go bad quicker and may led to a formation of compounds (free radicals) that can cause cancer.
Keep your olive oil in a container and make sure to close the lid tightly and store them in a dark place. If you’re able to store your oils properly, they will most likely last until six months to one year.
Extra tip: When shopping for oils, take the one that at the back of the shelf as it is stored away from the light than can make it go bad.