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Cooking Oils Guide

All oils have something to offer. Choose according to your needs and preferences.

A well-stocked kitchen includes a variety of different oils chosen for characteristics like cost, smoke point, nutritional profile and culinary uses. Regardless of which cooking oil you select, be proud of choosing a liquid over a solid fat, such as shortening or butter. It’s a fairly safe bet that by doing so you avoid saturated animal fats and trans fats, the undeniable nutritional bad guys. Numerous studies confirm that high intakes of saturated fats and trans fats cause cholesterol and heart-disease risk to rise—and that when unsaturated fats replace saturated fats in the diet, those risks are largely averted. Use this guide to pick the right oil for your cooking and health needs.

 

Canola

Monounsaturated: 62%
Polyunsaturated: 31%
Saturated: 7%
Omega-3s: yes
Smoke point: medium-high
Cost: $
Comments: A top pick (see below). Fair source of omega-3s.

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