Oil – Which One To Choose Healthwise?

Oil is something we add most often to our food. It’s also something you can probably find in every kitchen you go to. So how important it is to have the one that is healthy for your body? It’s major.

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So let me tell you briefly about the ones that are healthy for our bodies and skip the ones that are not.

Coconut oil

My favorite one. The most important thing about this one is that when ingested, it’s used as a quick source energy (not being converted into fat). It’s great for sauteing and frying (high smoke point). Plus this amazing smell of coconuts, won’t you feel like at the beach? Also, you know that coconut oil can help you with losing weight, right? What’s more it’s a natural energy booster and it boosts nutrients when used in smoothies.

Olive oil

My second choice. Great for salads, all the Italian food, (high temperatures) frying and roasting. It is a heart healthy fat with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps fight cancer, helps with weight loss and obesity prevention, supports brain health, fights mood disorders and depression, great for boosting skin health and helps balance hormones.

Avocado oil

It’s considered as the healthiest oil for cooking. It has the highest smoke point, so it can be used safely. It lowers blood pressure (because of the monounsaturated fats=good fats), improves arthritis symptons, it’s rich in vitamin E (“an antioxidant whose role is to repair damaged skin, balance hormones, improve vision and help to balance cholesterol”) and B12 (helps maintain the health of nerve cells). Also it improves heart health and lower cholesterol. What’s more avocado oil boosts nutrient absortion.

MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil

It’s a form of saturated fatty acid that has many health benefits, ranging from improved cognitive function to better weight management (yes, you can lose weight with this one too). What’s the connection with coconut oil? 62-65% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs. They’re “supportive of our gut environment, especially since they have the capability to combat harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites” and contain antioxidant properties. This oil can be added to smoothies, coffee, and even baked goods.

Ghee

This one also has a high smoke point and is a replacement of butter. It’s a great source of fat soluble vitamins A (natural skin clarifier), D (helps protect against harmful UV rays) and E. It’s also casein and lactose-free and it’s made from grass-fed cows. It builds strong bones with vitamin K2, supports weight loss, improves digestion and reduces inflammation.

Algae (algal) oil

A good thing to remember is that algal oil is better than the fish oil (I’m sure you’ve heard about toxin called mercury which you can unfortunately find in fish oil). It’s best used for high heat cooking like stir fry. One tablespoon of algal oil has as much monounsaturated fat as an avocado. What’s more, it supports healthy pregnancy, boosts eye health, supports cardiovascular health, improves memory, aids cognitive development and function and reduces inflammation.

So next time, you’ll be in the store, maybe consider buying one of the oils above.

Let’s make a healthy choice! πŸ™‚


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      1. I just toasted the bread on pan with coconut oil and it’s delicious ☺. Anyway, yes I fried almost everything with coconut oil ☺.

  1. We been using olive oil for years and recently added coconut oil with egg for hair conditioning. Now with your added info we will use coconut oil in other ways for cooking and will add the other oils to our life. Thank you for your post.

  2. Thank you for all the love on my blog. I am really loving your blog. Very informative, I use Coconut oil occasionally for making south Indian dishes..great article!! Thanks for sharing ! xx

  3. Great post! I’m always getting asked by people in Costco about the avocado oil every time I go and buy it. It is awesome – I cook with it all the time because of it’s high heat resistance. I love your quote at the top of your home page – I want to be rich too!! By the way I see you’re living in Canada. Be careful – we like to inherit people and make them ours!!! πŸ˜‰ Take care.

    1. Thank you so much for all your kind words! ☺ We can all be rich, so let’s just do it! πŸ˜† Yes, I’m in Canada, haha and that’s nice what you wrote 😊, thank you! ☺ I’m careful, my Canadian boyfriend is Canadian enough in our relationship, whatever that means haha 😊. Take care! ☺

  4. This is a super compilation with great summaries of why you chose them. And the visuals are lovely. Good job! I mostly limit oils to the top two already – which I also use on my skin (olive oil even removes eye make-up effectively).

    I keep thinking of moving to Canada (American) – so the fact that you are Polish caught my eye. Did you move as an adult or with your family as a child?

    I envy the fact that you are bi-lingual, btw – American schools are lousy at language education, so most of us speak only English, with a smattering of pigeon Spanish or French. REALLY short-sighted in many ways, it turns out. It is neuro-protective to speak more than one language, and we are facing a possible health crises as the Baby Boomers grow old.

    xx,
    mgh
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    1. Hi Madelyn, thank you for such a long comment! 😊 Thank you for your kind words! ☺ Coconut oil is good with removing make up as well 😊, but about olive oil I haven’t heard before, interesting! 😊 Oh, I moved here, hmmm, soon it’ll be a year since I’m here, so I’m very new here, but so far so good ☺. Well, about the languages, everything is possible, so if you really want to, go ahead and learn a new language whichever you like! 😊 I want to learn better French, maybe one day ☺.

      1. I have ordered language tapes (Spanish, French & Italian) and it’s on my list to work my way through them, one language at a time, beginning with refreshing & expanding on High School Spanish.

        I’d love a post about your relocation – why? why Canada? what the process was like) etc. I’ll bet I’m not the only one who finds such a brave decision fascinating and would love to know more.

        Thanks to you as well, for all the likes and the follow on ADDandSoMuchMore.com. I love meeting new blog-buddies.
        xx,
        mgh

      2. Oh, you may have a good idea ☺, ok, I’ll think about it, thank you! 😊 And good luck with languages! 😊

  5. Thank you for the Follow, Ula, and for an interesting piece. Olive oil is my favourite; I don’t use anything else and I like to bring a bottle of oil from our local area in Italy back to England every time I visit Italy. Apart from that, Greek olive oil really tastes the best. Check the label carefully; it should state the origin of the olives. Napolina olive oil, fr instance, looks very Italian but is not made with 100% Italian olives.

    1. My pleasure! ☺ Thank you! ☺ Thank you also for the hint, I just took out the bottle of olive oil I have and it says it’s packed by: Basso Fedele & Figli arl…made with 100% Italian olives ☺, good? ☺

  6. Thanks for finding me, and leading me here. This is a great article. Olive oil is obviously my favourite 😜 although as an olivegrower I am a little biased!! But it’s sooo tasty, and good for you, and versatile. I’m using it more and more in baking too, it’s fab for cakes and pastry, in addition to everything else πŸ˜ƒ I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. My husband’s grandpa was Polish, although sadly I’ve never visited.

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  8. Such a great post! Thank you for sharing all these info. I am an olive oil fun myself and it’s hard to imagine my life without it. I’m not experienced with other vegetable oils and I love learning more about their use πŸ˜‰

      1. My mom buys it in a huge container . We even cook eggs with it. The benefits to your heart & even skin are incredible. More people should be learning about oils. They are very important . You should stop by OTV and guest as a the beauty blogger. I’m sure readers will love you. I do.

      2. Oh, thank you so much! ☺ I’ll check this website out :), thank you! πŸ™‚ And I agree with you, people should more know and be more careful with oils! πŸ™‚

  9. Ugh, I hate coconut smell. I am so glad my coconut oil doesn’t smell or taste like coconuts. In fact I had heard about its health benefits for years, but never tried it because I was afraid it would taste and smell like coconuts. A trusted friend said it did not so I tried it. So now I use coconut oil in addition to olive oil. I think I might have some avocado oil, but I am not sure. I’ve heard of them all except the last one. Thanks for this simple “go-to” list!

  10. Very wise and useful post.
    I use olive oil , commonly , but , after your post ,I feel interested in coconut oil, too….
    Very appealing, must say.
    (Thanks for the follow!)

  11. I have been meaning to use coconut oil in cooking but haven’t yet. I will surely try it, since I use it for everything else. Thanks, for more information. πŸ™‚

  12. Interesting. I would like to try the avocado oil. I have never heard of it, thanks for pointing it out to me. it sounds like what I need for my health issues. Does it leave a discernable taste to the food?

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