What Is the Best Oil for Cooking? (Page 6)

Cooking Oil to Skip: Soybean Oil

Why skip soybean oil: Soybean oil—often labeled as an ingredient in vegetable oil—is high in omega-6 fats, which compete in your body with healthy omega-3 fats (the kind that benefit your heart and brain). Many nutrition experts say that Americans get too many omega-6 fats in their diets, mostly from processed foods, including Joe Hibbeln, M.D., a Captain in the United States Public Health Service. He takes it a step further and blames alcoholism, depression and a host of other illnesses on the excess of omega-6 fats in our diet. Here are 5 ways to get into omega balance.

In fact, it’s quite difficult to find commercial salad dressings, mayonnaise, even crackers, breads, pasta sauces and granola bars, among other products, that don’t include oils with high levels of omega-6 fats. Here are some of the healthiest packaged salad dressings, mayonnaise, crackers, pasta sauces and granola bars.

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