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The skinny on Oil

Olive oil from Imperia in Liguria, Italy.

Olive oil from Imperia in Liguria, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One thing you cannot overcome in your diet, or at least is very difficult to avoid, is oil. There are so many different types of oil: Olive, Sunflower, Avocado, Safflower, Canola, Sesame, grape seed. It can be difficult to decipher which ones are actually healthy for you. Let me give you a quick rundown of the basic “what to go for” and “what not to go for.” Generally, if it sounds healthy i.e. avocado or olive, it is good.

Just make sure it says “extra virgin.” Ones like grape seed and canola are obviously sketchy sounding and should be avoided entirely. Canola for example, is an oil produced in Canada which is widely used as an industrial product and comes from a plant which is generally considered poisonous. Not something you want in your body, I know. You should also be aware that some oils are good for cooking (have a high smoking point) and some are not. For example, Olive has a low smoking point (which means it smokes faster, causing “poisonous” fumes in the air) so it would not be the best choice for cooking something that needs a lot of heat. A better option for that would be sunflower. It is considered one of the healthier oils and has a very high smoking temperature.

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