Learn about different types of oils and when to cook with them.
Fat isn’t just a nutrient essential to your body, it’s also a key player in healthy cooking. It carries heat and helps cook foods quickly and evenly. It also coats your taste buds, making flavor linger longer.
This buyer’s guide outlines some of the most common oils—and offers the nutritional benefits of each one. Whether you want to use avocado or extra-virgin olive oil, canola or coconut oil, you’ll find it here, along with the best uses for each, info about smoke points and tips for how to store different oils to keep them fresh.
Top Oil Picks: We like olive oil, canola oil and butter the best; take a closer look at those in detail.
—By Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D.
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