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I've heard that consuming oils are generally unhealthy. What oils are safe for cooking?
by Healthsoup

I've heard that consuming oils are generally unhealthy. What oils are safe for cooking?


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Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

When it comes to oils, variety is not always best. Over time, heat and light affect the taste and quality so it is best to keep no more than three types of oil on hand and store them in a cool, dark place. Some oils, such as grapeseed and walnut, should be stored in the refrigerator.

If you are using oil for searing, browning or even frying, it is best to go with a oil that has a high smoke point. The smoke point is the temperature that causes the oil to start smoking, which results in toxic fumes and harmful free radicals. Generally, the more refined the oil, the higher the smoke point. Examples of oils with high smoke points are Almond, High-Oleic Type Sunflower and Avocado.

Oils with a medium smoke point are best for baking, oven cooking, stir-frying and sauteing. These oils include Light Virgin Olive, Grapeseed, Peanut and Sesame.

I recommend keeping a bottle of Pure Light Virgin Olive Oil and a bottle of Sunflower Oil on hand. Between these two oils, you can easily meet all of your cooking needs.


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