Which oil is best to cook with?

Which oil is best to cook with?
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With the recent revelation that the so-called healthy coconut oil may not be as good for us as we originally thought, we’re taking a look at the most popular cooking oils available and which are best for our health. 

Coconut oil 

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Pros

  • Contains thyroid stimulating effects which can help wight loss
  • anti-aging, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties

Cons

  • Very high in saturated fat
  • Contains 11.8 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon, one tablespoon of coconut oil would give us almost 100 per cent of our guideline daily amount of 15 grams of fat per day. 

Extra virgin olive oil 

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Pros

  • High in "good" cholesterol which is healthy for our heart
  • Rich in polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticoagulant benefits. 
  • May reduce the risk of several types of cancer, including colon, breast, lung, ovarian and skin cancers.

Cons

  • Still a fat so should be consumed in moderation.

Avocado oil 

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Pros

  • Full of so called healthy fats which benefit our health in many ways, from easing joint pain to giving us many appearance boosters. 

Cons

  • High in fat
  • Keep in mind that there has been little research done about avocado oil as it is relatively new to the market.   

Ghee 

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Pros

  • An anti-inflammatory, digestion aid with benefits to the immune system and metabolism booster.

Cons

  • Too much ghee should be avoided as it is quite high in fat meaning no more than three tablespoons per day should be consumed. 

Pumpkin seed oil 

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Pros

  • Packed full of vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants which makes it a healthy oil to cook with.  
  • Beneficial to our skin and hair as it helps to retain moisture promoting youthful skin. 

Cons

  • Still aim to consume in moderation. 

Sesame oil 

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Pros

  • If you suffer from high blood pressure, sesame oil is perfect for you after it has been proven to lower blood pressure. 
  • Sesame oil is perfect when cooking asian food. 
  • Provides benefits to our bones, skin, hair and heart health.
  • Sesame oil can also lower anxiety levels and reduce the chances of developing some types of cancer. 

Cons

  • It may not be the best if you take blood thinning medication as it lowers blood pressure. 

Hemp seed oil 

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Pros

  • Perfect for a salad dressing or drizzled over food to serve rather than in cooking

Cons

  • Not ideal to heat up hemp oil as it changes flavour when it gets hot meaning it isn't idea for cooking.

Flaxseed oil 

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Pros

  • Best served drizzled on salads rather than a cooking oil
  • It's also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids which is great for heart health

Cons

  • Doesn't cook well.  
  • This oil can be rather pricey. 

Sunflower seed oil 

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Pros

  • Can prevent asthma? 
  • Benefits respiratory health.
  • High in omega-6.

Cons

  • In large doses can lead to heart disease and cancers. 

Vegetable oil 

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Pros

  • It is the cheapest oil on the market.
  • Has the longest shelf life. 
  • Contains those important fatty acids. 

Cons

  • This cooking oil is often made up of a number of different oils such as soy, palm, sunflower and corn.
  • Much vegetable oil is heavily processed and commonly made from genetically modified organisms.