Consuming healthy or unhealthy oils makes a huge difference to your body and health.
It has taken a good long while along with popular debate throughout the years, of the consumption of unhealthy oils, and what that really does to your body in the long-run.
There are many oils out there in the market, buying the right kind and finding the healthier options, may take some time to discover!
No matter, the information that you were told when you were growing up about oils were quite misleading. Such as vegetable oils and nut oils are considered healthy, although daily consuming them can bring some negative side effects.
No, It is in fact quite the opposite effect that “good” fats actually play a positive role to our bodies. “Fats” actually mean good fats, whereas “no or low fats” should actually make you question, has the fat been taken out artificially or just generally unhealthy. How can you tell the difference?
We will discuss about many oils and of course – while discussing about oils, “fats” are connected to and mentioned throughout.
Let’s look at this together and observe the differences between oils and the better options out there for health and peace of mind. Remember that all foods’ contain “fats” naturally and the good ones shouldn’t be avoided!
It’s best to keep these kinds of fats to a complete minimum as it does not really do any favours to your body. Over the years, many of us have awoken to the true nature of the consequences of consuming unhealthy fats and can result in some serious health problems:–
Trans fats: It is made through an industrial process causing the by-product to turn solid at room temperature which is unnatural, for the sole reason to enhance or extend the foods’ shelf life! Many studies show that trans fats increases “bad” cholesterol levels, whereas deceasing the “good” cholesterol levels.
An imbalance of cholesterol levels causes inflammation and effects the blood veins, a blood clot can appear causing an incorrect blood flow to your heart may then cause a stroke.
Foods such as margarine and fried foods’ are associated to heart disease or diabetes. The more you consume these trans fats, the more you are susceptible to health problems.
Certain oils such as canola oil have a high amount of omega 6 and lower levels of omega 3 – so with this imbalance and consuming daily of high amount of omega 6, can promote inflammation in some parts of your body.
Trans fats have no known positive health effects and can cause weight gain or obesity, if consumed daily.
With weight problems can cause an opening to other symptoms such as food addictions, high insulin levels within the body or even insulin resistance which can make it hard for your body to then dealing with sugar levels.
What are the “Bad” OiIs/Fats?
There are a number of harmful oils that causes imbalances within the body or an awakening of serious health issues. Let’s take a look at some of these:-
Vegetable Oils – The name can suggest health and fruition but it’s actually the complete opposite, don’t get fooled by the name! Vegetable oils came to be about only around the early 1900s due to chemical/industrial process.
The unsaturated fats found within them will oxidize when heated, therefore will cause oxidative stress and can cause cell and tissue damage and cause heart problems. Saying that some of the vegetable oils to steer clear from are-
- sunflower oil
- cottonseed oil
- rapeseed oil
- safflower oil
- corn oil
- beet oil
Seed oils – Try to think about this one. Extracting the oil from seeds is a lot of hard work and in reality quite a feat to attain as you would need thousands of seeds to create just a single seed oil bottle or perhaps more! Which means sadly, that these are industrial seed oils with absolutely no benefits to your body!
More or less produced in a factory and quite likely produced from GM crops and also contain added chemicals and additives, highly processed and deodorized to ensure it looks, smells and lasts longer, all in the name of shelving fulfilment, not for health fulfilment!
Industrial Seed oils are highly unstable and can promote aging or cardiovascular disease, oils such as canola oil, peanut oils, soybean oil, flax seed oil. Rapeseed oils are constantly heated and heated, making it toxic and damages DNA.
For a long while, we have been told consuming vegetable and seed oils are good for our health and should be part of a balanced diet, but in fact it is quite the opposite and making us ill! Stay away from these so-called”healthy oils” and you will reap the benefits with clean and “good” fats.
Good oils to use regularly!
Let’s look at the beautiful oils that gives you tremendous benefits and actually promotes youth, appearance, healthy organs and a healthy heart! Going back, way back, probably before the industrial ages, the more traditional approach to cooking are considered the best approach. Why, you ask? Continue reading.
The first step is to avoid processed oils such as industrial seed oils and vegetable oils so we can make way for better oils.
Butter – A healthy fat used for generations and well before the industrial era, well before the 1900s or ghee is a great substitute to margarine. It is rich in nutrients and some fatty acids that promotes heart health and reduces weight gain.
Coconut Oil – A super food with antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties with healthy fatty acids that provides great energy for your body. It lubricates the immune system for protection and for better motor movement.
Extra virgin olive oil – It contains polyphenols and Vitamin E promoting cardio protective properties.
Also, the oleic acid constant reduces inflammation, according to research. Quite resistant to high heat so a good cooking oil choice.
Avocado oil – Rich in vitamins and minerals. This oil is extracted from the actual flesh of the fruit itself.
A high smoke point of 500 degrees Fahrenheit and cooking with high temperatures will not cause the oil to break down. It can improve eye health and prevent inflammation.
It is concluded when it comes to your health, removing harmful oils and replacing with healthier varieties can reduce health problems considerably, allowing you to live a fulfilling life. Cooking with traditional fats, rather than with the industrial methods of rancid fats can allow a good balance of omegas and ensure to use cold pressed, raw or organic forms.
Thank You for reading and if you have any questions or comments, please leave below and I’ll be sure to help you out!