Does your body need an oil change? One of the simplest swaps you can make with your daily diet is to learn which oils to choose and which ones to lose. Follow the three tips below and you’ll experience more energy, reduce body fat, balance hormones, stabilize blood sugar levels and improve your overall health.
1. Eliminate Man-Made Oils
Most oils today are man or machine-made in processing plants using high temperatures, deodorizers, and chemicals. These “Franken Fats” such as canola, cottonseed, and soybean, increase body fat, suppress the thyroid, accelerate aging, increase oxidation in the body and promote disease.
2. Keep Olive Oil Raw
Although many people use olive oil for cooking, coconut would be a healthier choice because it is more heat stable, making it less susceptible to oxidation during cooking. Get the most benefits from olive oil by enjoying it raw, dressed over salads or drizzled on vegetables before serving.
3. Cook with Coconut Oil
Once mistakenly thought to be a “bad fat,” coconut oil is actually one of the most healthful fats for your body. This unique oil contains metabolism boosting medium-chain fatty acids (MFCAs) that provide high satiation and long-lasting energy. Rich in lauric acid, coconut is excellent for the immune system. Lastly, coconut’s heat stable fat content makes it ideal for cooking.
Oils to Choose or Lose
Eliminate: trans-fats, hydrogenated fats, partially hydrogenation fats and other highly processed, man-made fats such as, cooking sprays (Pam), canola oil, cottonseed oil, grape seed oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, margarine or “buttery spreads.”
Oils to enjoy raw: almond, avocado, fish, flax, olive, sesame, walnut
Best oils/fats for cooking: unrefined coconut/palm oil, & pastured butter, ghee, lard or tallow
Good Oil Basics
- Balanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 essential fatty acids
- Naturally occurring, unrefined, minimally processed
- Low toxic load (organic, non-GMO)
Benefits of Good Fats
- Increase nutrient absorption (fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K)
- Provide satiation & help prevent overeating
- Stabilize blood sugar levels & promote even energy
- Support weight loss & better body composition
- Boost brain functioning & decrease risk of depression
- Balance hormones & improve overall health