Cooking oils can have far ranging effects on your health. Many of the cooking oils used today have high levels of inflammatory compounds. This would include canola oil, cotton seed oil, peanut oil and others. So when selecting oils to cook with at home picking ones full of healthy and anti inflammatory fats is essential.
While there are many healthy cooking oils (see Dr. Gundry’s Plant Paradox books for the full list) there are 4 I personally use weekly. They are…
Extra Virgin Olive Oil- this is my favorite oil both for its flavor and its health benefits. Olive oil is full of mono unsaturated fat and healthy polyphenols which are plant compounds that benefit health. I cook with it on low temperatures and use as a dressing.
Unrefined Coconut Oil- this oil is full of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). These fats are burned as fuel so in addition to the healthy fats this oil also doubles as an energy booster. It is great for sautéing at medium heat and can also be melted and used in baking similar to butter.
Avocado Oil- another great medium heat oil for sautéing. This oil is another good source of monounsaturated fats.
Ghee- also known as clarified butter. Grass fed ghee is just butter with the dairy solids removed. I use it just like butter but without the gut damaging diary proteins found in normal butter.
There are my top 4 healthy oils. They can all be found at local grocery stores. If you are interested in changing your diet, losing weigh or just being healthier overall we offer nutritional counseling at our office. I used diet to largely cure psoriasis (an auto-immune condition) so I know just what to eat and how to eat it!