Hello Lovely Blossoms,
Do you ever find yourself standing in front of the cooking oil rack and you basically just don't know what the heck all the different variety oils are? That was totally me, and because I did not know anything about oils I just opted for the usual old sunflower oil because you know that is what we grew up with...
It wasn't until I started university that I began to pay attention to the oils and what they are, the benefits and drawbacks of different oil. Now some of the cooking oils we can purchase have some major controversies surrounding them and that is simply because there is an enormous amount of misinformation spreading that it is simply hard to distinguish between truth and lies...
Here is my list of 5 cooking oils ranking from best to worst that I have used in my lifetime...
1. Olive Oil
If you don't know anything about oil, the one thing you probably should know is that olive oil is the best oil... it is definitely the healthiest option available we have today and it is packed full of health benefits. This is one of the most versatile oils available on the market, you definitely want to look for the "extra virgin" option in this regard because the less refined and process the better. You can use this in salad dressings, cooking your food or even baking, although olive oil does have a semi strong distinguished taste that could alter your end result. Always read the back of your olive oil bottle as some brands make use of the "extra virgin" label when in reality they blended it with other oils. To read more on the different olive oils click here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318397
2. Coconut Oil
Now if you want to start a heated debate with someone, bring up coconut oil... the marketing teams have truly done a great job of putting coconut oil at the top spots as healthier options but the research is not that well backed up, Now I am definitely not saying that coconut oil is bad for you, but it does consist of a very large amount of saturated fat, yes your body does need this in small quantities that is why it is up on my list. This oil has a very high smoking range so it is great for flash frying and stir fry's. I don't use this in all of my cooking but it is our second most used oil in our home. Here is a link to read more on coconut oil and you can decide for yourself: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/is-there-a-place-for-coconut-oil-in-a-healthy-diet-2019011415764
3. Avocado Oil
This oil made the list yes, but by no means do we keep this in our pantry at a regular basis simply because, its damn expensive... Avocado oil like olive oil is unrefined and contains both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. One added bonus is that it contains vitamin E as well. The price tag for me generally just does not justify the benefits of this oil. It is a rich and almost creamy like oil that does not have a sharp taste and therefor is quite neutral in cooking your food. Avocado oil is definitely an interesting and controversial read: https://www.futurity.org/avocado-oil-2388152/
4. Vegetable oil
If you haven't guessed it by now, vegetable oil is derived from any plant source. Although this is probably your cheapest option of oil you have very little control over what you consume since this oil is often a blend between all plant derived oils. Therefore you cannot balance the amount of monounsaturated fats you consume. This oil is generally in our home just for the very rare times that we deep fry our food, but since its usually almost always a mess we tend to not deep fry because neither me or my husband wants to clean that mess. To. learn a bit more about vegetable oil follow this link: https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/vegetable-oils
5. Sunflower oil
This is the last oil that I have used. This is simply on the list because I grew up with this oil. We always had some sunflower in the cupboard and it was really only when the world became more aware of what they were consuming I would say around 2006/7 when every tv channel was talking about food and what to do and what not that my parents started using more olive oil. In this regards the benefits falls far below the negatives with this oil and there are numerous studies that show sunflower oil could cause harm to your health. Read here about sunflower oil and why it's not the best oil: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/is-sunflower-oil-healthy
Cooking oil is such a big part of our lives, it is basically the baseline of every recipe you make, it should be important what you use then since eating is an everyday occurrence we should pay more attention to what we consume.
I always have my olive oil and coconut oil at the ready by my stove. gathering all the ingredients I want to use and placing them on the counter and staring a little bit to think of what I want to cook, but until I pick up the bottle of olive oil no cooking will start. it is such a significant signature that something good is about to start and that is why it should be almost non-negotiable that we have to use good ingredients starting with your oil.
There are many other oils out there like peanut oil, walnut oil etc. this is just a list of oils I have used in our home. You can really open another world for yourself if you do a bit of research on the food you consume and the alternatives out there... it should actually be second nature to find the best option for yourself since you only have one body and you should take care of it.
What oils do you use in your home and do you think you need an upgrade in your oil department?
Till next time, be blessed.