One of the hardest thing about having a healthy lifestyle is figuring out what is actually healthy ? One day you hear that butter is better. The next day it’s margarine. One day you hear that sugar is bad. The next day it’s Sweet-n-Low and Equal. There is so much contradicting information out there that it makes it very hard to figure out what it is that I need to be putting into my body if I am trying to live a healthy life.
Personally, I try my best to stay away from processed and packaged foods and stick to meats, fruits & veggies, and pretty much anything in its raw form. Please note that I said I try my best. I am not perfect on this and I certainly have my moments of falling into the temptation of Cheese Nachos from the local Mexican Restaurant or Gravy and Biscuits from Hardee’s. I do however try my best to eat as healthy as possible as often as possible.
One of the great debates is on cooking oil. There are different opinions out there about which oils are good to cook with and which ones to stay away from. I decided to make it easy on you and briefly share a little snippet of what I have learned about each one.
Olive Oil: Due to low smoke point of olive oil this is not a good option to use when cooking. (The smoke point is the point in which the oil begins to break down and lose all of its nutritional values.) Read more on this here.
Coconut Oil: This is a great option to be used for everything! You can use it for cooking in the oven or on stove top. You can also eat this raw in smoothies! I will be doing a separate post at a later date on the benefits of this great oil.
Canola Oil: This oil is super processed. For me, that is enough reason not to use it. However, there are plenty of health concerns such as heart problems linked to canola oil as well. If you want more details. Dr. Axe lays it all out right here.
In my house, I cook with butter and coconut oil (and occasionally grapeseed oil). I never use olive oil to cook; only to drizzle over salads, cooked meats, etc.
If you have a recipe that calls for canola oil or margarine; it can always be easily replaced with coconut oil, butter, or even applesauce (if you are baking).