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The 2 healthiest oils to cook with, 2 to skip

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., September 7, 2011 - 11:04am

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Brierley asks: What oils do you cook with?


The problem with palm oil is that it encourages deforestation in Indonesia.

What about grapeseed oil? Canola oil tends to go rancid very quickly. It would be nice to see more oils compared here, such as avocado and coconut oil.


04/21/2012 - 8:07pm

I cook with EVOO and grape oil. I haven't seen much about grape oil and don't know of any associated health benefits. I have read that canola is genetically modified.


02/19/2012 - 10:16pm

Palm oil has received a bad rap for generations, but undeservedly so! Ms. Wright's blog shows palm kernel oil, not unrefined red palm oil. The former should be avoided and the latter considered as a beneficial cooking oil. Red palm oil has saturated fats to be sure, but they are MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids) which don't have the detrimental health effects in humans. Furthermore, the red color is due to healthy carotinoids plus there's an abundance of tocopheols and tocotrienols. It also has a low smoke point. Back to the books, Ms. Wright.


09/16/2011 - 11:06am

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