Choosing healthier cooking oils. 

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Before we start, it’s helpful to understand what cooking oils are and what makes one oil healthier than another.  

You may know that oil is made up of fat. And while many diets suggest cutting down on fats (rightfully). The truth is that some fats are better for you than others. UFABET This means that the kinds of fats in your oil are what make one healthier than another. 

Unhealthy fats  

These are the fats to look out for: 

  • Saturated fats, which are commonly found in butter, whole milk, yogurt, cheese, lard, bacon fat, fatty cuts of red meat. The skin of poultry, coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oils.
  • Trans fats, which should be eliminated from a healthy diet. They’re commonly found in packaged and processed foods. The words “partially hydrogenized oils” are a red flag for these fats. 

Unhealthy fats raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, leaving you at a higher risk for heart disease and stroke.

Healthy fats 

Other fats are healthier. They lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise your HDL (good) cholesterol. That too much of any fat isn’t good for your health. So even these better-for-you fats shouldn’t be consumed excessively. 

  • Monounsaturated fats are commonly found in foods like olives. Avocados and nuts (and their associated cooking oils). 
  • Polyunsaturated fats are also commonly refer to as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. You’ll find them in oily fish, like salmon, herring, tuna and mackerel. As well as walnuts, chia seeds and flaxseeds.