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What is a good choice for a healthy cooking oil?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Healthy cooking oils: Olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, flaxseed oil, corn oil, avacado oil almond oil, hazelnut oil, grapeseed oil, sesame oil and walnut oil avoid these oils coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, saflower oil.
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 36 years experience
Some Nut and seed oils have lovely odor and texture, best used cold (for salads and drizzle). Peanut oil tolerates high heat and is used for stir fry techniques. Olive oil is versatile-- Extra virgin for salads, lower grades are economical for cooking/sauteing. Healthy cooking with oils requires knowledge of proper temperatures to avoid excessive absorption into the food/ maximizing flavor.
Nov 18, 2013
Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschneranswered
41 years experience
Depends on how hot: Depends on whether you are using high heat or low heat. Look into something called the smoke points of cooking oils. You will find a comprehensive chart. We think coconut oil is the best for high heat. I believe it is the only oil that doesn't effect cholesterol. And you can use good olive for low heat situations, like flavorings, gravies, and dressings.
Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Number 1 - olive oil: Olive oil contains lots of beneficial and anti-inflammatory compounds. Not so good for very high heat cooking, though, but perfectly fine for lower heat such as saute'.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is a good healthy cooking oil that you can buy anywhere?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Olive, coconut and..: Olive oil is healthy for cooking at low temperature but is not healthy when exposed to high heat. For higher heat I recommend coconut oil, which has many health benefits and does well at high temperatures. Hi-oleic safflower oil is also good for high temperatures. See http://authoritynutrition.com/healthy-cooking-oils/ & http://www.doctoroz.com/article/best-oils-use-your-kitchen for more info.
Dr. Mary David
Dr. Mary David commented
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beware that coconut oil does add a coconut flavor to some dishes.
Nov 28, 2014

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