I am sure you hear good and bad things about cooking oils, but the truth is they have become so processed that they are harmful to your health. Are these harmful cooking oils sitting in your cabinet?
Cooking oils go through a heavy amount of processing with chemicals before they hit each bottle. The neurotoxin hexane is a cheap byproduct that comes from gasoline production, and it is used as a solvent for processing cooking oils. Hexane residue remains in the oils that you use, and the FDA doesn’t require the manufacturers to test for them. So, you could be ingesting this chemical just about every day without even realizing it.
Expeller pressed oil just means that the oil was mechanically extracted with a screw press. This is the traditional way of making cooking oils and is much healthier than the alternative way. But, the industries don’t like using this method because it’s not as productive and it’s costly.
Oils to avoid:
Canola is just about the worst oil that is on the market right now. It comes from the rapeseed plants that have been bred to contain lower levels of erucic acid. Before the plants were bred this way, the it was called Rapeseed Oil and it was used for industrial purposes. Almost all of canola crops are GMO now.
Cottonseed oil is a byproduct of cotton crops that is doused with pesticides and chemicals because it is a regulated textile crop. However, cottonseed oil is being widely replaced by soybean oil.
3. Soybean oil
It is high in omega-6 fatty acids, and while our bodies need this type of fatty acid, people are consuming too much of it. When the body has too much omega-6 their chances of developing inflammation, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune disease increase. Soybean oil is also known as vegetable oil, which is made from soybeans. The soybean crops that are going to be turned into vegetable oil is 94 percent GMOs.
4. Corn oil
Mazola’s corn oil is refined, hexane-extracted from GMO corn, and packed with omge-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. The fatty acids are unstable when they are exposed to heat which causes oxidation, which is a process that creates free radicals. When Mozola was asked if they used GMOs and hexane for their oils, they confirmed they use both for all their oils except their olive oil that does not contain hexane.
Healthy cooking oils:
1. Coconut oil
This is a saturated fatty oil that is made up of medium chain triglycerides, which can reduce cholesterol and obesity.
2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
When you go to buy olive oil, be sure to read the ingredients label because some brands are adding GMOs into their products.
3. Extra Virgin Sesame Oil
This oil contains vitamin E, B-6, zinc, magnesium, calcium, copper, and iron.
4. Nutive Hemp Oil
This type of oil contains more essential fatty acids with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. This type of oil is only good for cold uses like salad dressings, dips, and smoothies.
5. Nutiva Red Palm Oil
This oil is high in vitamins A and E and has a light buttery flavor. This oil can also reduce cholesterol and cardiovascular disease and can be used for medium-heat cooking.