The Impact of Oils and Butter on your Diet

by admin on May 14, 2010

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Is olive oil really good for you? Find out which cooking oils are healthiest

What is the healthiest cooking oil?

Saying which cooking oils are the most healthy is tricky for me, because my perspective is that it’s not a healthy idea to cook with cooking oil. In the healthiest cultures in the world they don’t cook with cooking oil. They put the oil on after they’re finished cooking, and they drizzle it on. Or if they do use some cooking oil they use very little. But what you are looking for if you are going to cook at all with oil is a cooking oil that has a high smoke point, and the oil with the highest smoke point happens to be avocado oil. Next to that would be things like sunflower oil and then olive oil. These are high smoke point alternative cooking oils that can be purchased in the supermarket or online.

What is an oil’s “smoke point”?

An oil’s smoke point is the temperature at which it starts to smoke, which will be visible to the person cooking with it. At this time a process is occurring which makes the fat in much less bio-available to your body. It is now in a form that is almost like a Trans fatty acid when you eat it. Very unhealthy for you.

Is margarine a healthy alternative to butter?

Regarding the butter vs. margarine controversy, without question we’ve never seen a decline in heart disease or any other major illness that these margarines were developed to prevent. I simply recommend eating organic butter. Man has been eating organic butter for thousands of years, and has not had any kind of major health problems like heart disease or any of those other illnesses. Regarding substitutes, I’m absolutely not in favor of any of them. I believe that what we should be eating are natural oils. Instead of having Earth Balance or any other man-made product, why not have pure virgin olive oil and dip your bread in that if you must dip your bread in anything. Or learn to eat the way healthy cultures eat. Those are some of the things they do, you know, drizzle your oil on your food for flavor after you’ve finished cooking it. Use real butter on your toast that’s organic and, you know, raised in farms where they’re organically growing everything. That’s what I recommend. I don’t recommend any man-made products in the form of spreads unless it’s pure, fresh-ground nut butters, for example, which you can do yourself at home.

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