Healthy and delicious olive oil alternatives
Of course we love olive oil! Especially the extra virgin variety is super healthy, but we would recommend it for cold dishes and salads rather than for frying. Luckily, there are a lot of healthy alternatives you can use to add new flavors to your dishes.
Here's our selection of culinary oils that are good for you and for your taste buds:
- Best uses: peanut oil is our oil of choice for frying and sautéing as it can handle high heating very well. You can use it to add a mild nutty flavor to your dish, particularly if you use the roasted variety.
- Health benefits: low in saturated fats, helps to reduce cholesterol levels, strengthen the immune system, improve hearth health, prevent cancer etc.
Tea-seed oil (aka Camellia oil)
- Best uses: performs great at high temperatures, so stir-fry and wok away. Its smooth flavor works like a charm in marinades and dips, and with roasted veggies.
- Health benefits: tea-seed oil exerts many therapeutic properties. It can help to prevent cancer, boost immunity and reduce oxidative stress for a happy and healthy heart.
- Best uses: the tropical flavor is great for curries with shrimp or veggies, and it adds a sweet touch to your homemade granola and muffins. Behaves very well at high temperatures, so bake and fry as much as you like.
- Health benefits: full of saturated fat that can help improve the ratio of good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood. Strengthens the immune system, helps in easy digestion, supports weight loss etc.
- Beware: Look for virgin and unrefined options. Refined coconut oil is not very healthy as it contains man-made trans fats.
- Best uses: avocado oil has the highest smoke point of any plant oil, so it is perfect for all your high-heat cooking like grilling and pan-roasting. The mild, buttery taste adds that little something extra to soups and veggies.
- Health benefits: the heart-healthy omega-3s and mono-unsaturated fats help lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and keep good (HDL) cholesterol high. It also lowers blood pressure, supplies Vitamin E and lutein, an antioxidant that improves eye health.
P.S. Heat and light can damage your cooking oils, so keep them in a cool cupboard or in the refrigerator to avoid rancidity.
(sources: health.com / shape.com / eating rules.com)