6 Delicious Alternatives to Traditional Cooking Oil!

(and your family)

Ladies, if you’re anything like me, taking trips to the grocery store to find spices, herbs, and oils to add pizzazz to my cooking and escape the typical mundane menu of spaghetti and salad is becoming increasingly difficult!

As I stare at the countless cooking oils overflowing the shelves from canola oil…. to flax oil…to sunflower seed oil, my head starts to spin and I quickly become overwhelmed by the endless possibilities.  It’s no wonder so many people by default reach for the traditional, boring cooking oils.

So I’m here to help you put an end to the grocery store head banging experience and provide you with my top 6 healthiest cooking oils, best uses, and coinciding health benefits:

1. Coconut Oil:

This oil is very popular nowadays, and is said to be one of the healthiest cooking oils on the market. Coconut oil is full of flavor and is often used for baking sweet or savory dishes.  It offers an array of health benefits from weight loss, to improving brain function, boosting the immune system, improving cholesterol, and moisturizing the skin.  When choosing a coconut oil be sure to select raw coconut oil over the refined option because it has a lot more health benefits than the later.  Also check to be sure that it hasn’t been treated with hexane or is hydrogenated.

2. Olive Oil:

Is best used in cold dishes as a salad dressing, drizzled over stemmed veggies, or used to sauté veggies.   Olive oil is rich in vitamins E, A, K, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It also contains antioxidants that have been linked to improving heart health.  Other health benefits include: improving the appearance of skin and hair, soothing ulcers, protecting against some cancers, and is a natural remedy for ear-aches.

3. Sesame Oil:

This cooking oil can be expensive, but when used in small amounts can add a lot of flavor to a variety of dishes.  This oil is primarily used in Asian recipes.  Sesame oil contains an assortment of vitamins and minerals such as copper, manganese, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium.  This oil has been used for over 5,000 years because of its many health benefits such as its ability to improve the condition of skin and hair, reduce blood pressure, and promote healthy bones and teeth.  It also contains tyrosine that is often used for treating depression, stress, PMS, and other health disorders.

4. Grapeseed Oil:

Is often used by professional cooks because of its mild flavor and ability to retain the original flavors in food.  It’s appealing for its capability to handle high heat that is needed for baking and frying.  And is perfect for salad dressings, marinades, sautéing, and roasting foods.  Grapeseed oil is rich in Vitamin E, anti-inflammatory properties, linoleic acid, Omega 3, 6,9, and oligomeric procyanidin.  These vitamins and minerals help lower bad cholesterol, protect against some cancers, reduce swelling, and help those suffering from diabetes.

5. Ghee (Clarified Butter):

This oil has traditionally been used in India for Ayurvedic  cooking, but is also used in stir-fry’s, scrambled eggs, and sautéing vegetables.  It is rich in vitamins A, D, and K2.  Ideally when you are out shopping for this oil you want buy grass feed Ghee, because of its health benefits such as protecting against cancer, heart disease, and Type II Diabetes.

6. Palm Oil (Sustainable Source):

Is recognized as one of the most nutritious oils in the world.  It is made from the palm fruit that is native to Africa.  It has a distinct flavor that is used to blend various foods and flavors together and is great for sautéing.  It is rich in vitamins E, coenzyme Q10, and other nutrients.  It is beneficial in fighting heart disease, asthma, improving cholesterol, osteoporosis, liver disease, arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, and preventing against Alzheimer’s disease.  Unfortunately, this oil does not go without its fair share of controversy due to the deforestation that occurs to make room for palm fruit plantation.  However there are several sustainable sources available, so when you’re looking to buy this oil make sure it comes from a sustainable source.

Now that you’ve been equipped with best cooking oil options for your next cooking bonanza, it’s time to head to the grocery store, and get cookin’!

Hope this Helps…

Yours for More Confidence, More Often

Kristyn Haster

Kristyn Haster

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Kristyn Haster

Kristyn Haster is a Lifestyle Blogger, Weight Loss Trainer and Self-Confidence Coach living in Boulder, Colorado. As Editor of LiveLethal.com (Crazy Confident You) Blog, she helps woman break out of their shells, gain total confidence and fall in love with life again.

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