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Which oils are healthier for cooking and salads?

15 February 2010 Email This Post Email This Post Print This Post Print This Post

Bottles of cooking oilCooking oil should be used only once because with reuse it begins to release toxic carcinogens and its beneficial proprieties are destroyed at the first use. Vegetable oils offer benefits to our body due to the rich content of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

What are the most appropriate cooking oils?

Palm oil resists temperatures up to 230 degrees and because of that nutritionists recommend it as the most suitable oil for fried foods. Moreover, palm oil it’s easily absorbed and digested by the body and when used properly it benefits the body due to the high content of vitamin A and E. It is also a rich source of beta-carotene.

Sunflower oil is the most commonly used cooking oil. The oil resists temperature up to 170 degrees but after that it begins to eliminate carcinogens in the food. One of the main disadvantages of this oil is that it presents an imbalance between the Omega 3 and Omega 6. The sunflower oil contains an excess of omega 6 which harms the body by preventing the assimilation of omega 3.

Olive oil is ideal for frying. When heated it doesn’t support changes in its structure and it retains its nutritional values better than the sunflower oil. The olive oil has its burning point at 210 degrees, substantially higher than the ideal temperature for frying which is 180 degrees.  Another advantage of the olive oil it’s that it forms a microscopic crust on the surface of the food which prevents the penetration of toxic substances generated by the frying process and also it enhances the food’s flavor.

What are the healthier oils for salad?

Soybean oil is ideal as a base for marinades and vinaigrettes. One of its main benefits is the low level of saturated fatty acids which leads to lower cholesterol.

Corn oil is more suitable for salads. It has a unique taste and it’s very healthy. In addition it doesn’t contain cholesterol or sodium. Corn oil contains vitamins such as B, C, D, E, carotene and micronutrients like iron, manganese, copper, chromium and aluminum. Also it has a high content of vitamin E, two times more than traditional sunflower oil. The rich content of unsaturated fatty acids in this oil leads to increased resistance to infectious diseases and fosters the elimination of excess cholesterol from the body.

Grape seeds oil consumed daily prevents the apparition of abnormal venous dilation and it can reduce the varicose veins. Grape seed oil it’s used only in raw food salads.

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