Here is another great article from my health coaches at Warrior Made! Whether you cook daily or just dabble in the kitchen, choosing the healthiest oils can make a big difference in your overall well-being.
WHAT ARE GOOD ALTERNATIVES TO VEGETABLE OILS?
1. Olive oil
- Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats. About 73 percent of olive oil is the monounsaturated type, which has been linked to reducing inflammation and warding off cancer.
- Unlike polyunsaturated-rich vegetable oils, olive oil has a high smoke point—between 350 and 410 degrees. This means you’re less likely to exceed that temperature and burn the oil while cooking or baking.
- For this reason and others, olive oil is quite versatile. Here are some ways you can use it:
- To coat your pan to cook meat or vegetables
- Drizzle it on a salad or include it in a homemade vinaigrette
- Mix it with spices in a meat marinade for the grill
- It’s also available at nearly every grocery store.
2. Coconut oil
- Saturated fat used to be linked to illnesses like heart disease. But now science is showing that’s not conclusive and actually, there are health benefits to consuming saturated fats.
- Coconut oil is packed with a unique saturated fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). These types of fat go straight to your liver to be digested, improve brain function, and may even help you get into ketosis more easily.
- MCTs can also help you burn more calories than other types of fats.
Here are some ways you might use coconut oil:
- For baked goods (it’s creamy quality makes it a great replacement for butter)
- In your coffee
- In a pan for a stir fry (let it heat for a minute so it turns into a liquid)
- Coconut oil also has been proven to be helpful in dozens of non-kitchen ways from wound protection to teeth-cleaning.
3. Avocado oil
- Compared to olive oil and coconut oil, avocado oil is only just starting to get popular in the health community.
- Like olive oil, it has a high smoke point and is packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
- It’s also made up of about 70 percent monounsaturated fat, along with 12 percent saturated fat. Compared to vegetable oil, it’s a much better choice for brain health.
- Because it’s newer on the market, it might be a little more expensive than olive or coconut oil. But it’s available at most grocery stores and online through health-food retailers.
- If you’re looking for a more mild flavored oil, this is the one to go with.
Healthier Substitutes for Vegetable Oil
For more details on why you should consider substituting vegetable oil with three healthier options: olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil, click the read more button.