We all try to make healthier choices, and cooking oils are no exception. But not all oils are as good for you as they seem. Some popular “healthy” options can actually do more harm than good. Here’s a rundown of some cooking oils that might not be as beneficial as you think. Try swapping some of these out for healthier alternatives like olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil instead.

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Canola Oil

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Canola oil is often heavily processed and refined, stripping it of nutrients. It’s also high in omega-6 fatty acids, which can promote inflammation.

Vegetable Oil

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A blend of various oils, vegetable oil is highly processed and often contains trans fats, which are linked to heart disease and other health issues.

Soybean Oil

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Soybean oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, contributing to inflammation and potentially increasing the risk of chronic diseases.

Corn Oil

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Corn oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids and often extracted using harsh chemicals, which can leave behind unhealthy residues.

Cottonseed Oil

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Often contaminated with pesticides, cottonseed oil is highly processed and loaded with unhealthy fats that can harm your heart.

Sunflower Oil

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While it sounds healthy, sunflower oil is typically high in omega-6 fatty acids, which can disrupt the balance of fats in your diet and cause inflammation.

Grapeseed Oil

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Grapeseed oil is marketed as healthy but is high in omega-6 fatty acids and often extracted using solvents, which can leave behind toxic residues.

Rice Bran Oil

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Though touted for its high smoke point, rice bran oil is often refined and contains a significant amount of omega-6 fatty acids, leading to inflammation.

Peanut Oil

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Peanut oil is prone to oxidation, which can produce harmful free radicals. It’s also high in omega-6 fatty acids, contributing to an imbalanced diet.

Palm Oil

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The environmental impact aside, palm oil is high in saturated fats, which can raise LDL cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease.

Safflower Oil

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Safflower oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in beneficial omega-3s, which can contribute to inflammation and an increased risk of chronic disease.

13 Foods You Didn’t Know Are Genetically Modified

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Genetically modified foods are more common than you might think, often hidden in plain sight on our plates. While some people are wary of GMOs, others appreciate the benefits they bring to farming and food production. Here’s a list of everyday foods that have been genetically tweaked, along with a brief explanation of why they were modified.

See Them Here: 13 Foods You Didn’t Know Are Genetically Modified

Eat Away Your Allergies With These 12 Foods That Fight Seasonal Sniffles

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As the seasons change, so do our allergy symptoms, often leaving us sniffly, sneezy, and downright miserable. But what if you could fight back with your fork? These incredible foods might just to that and help you combat those annoying seasonal allergies. From the anti-inflammatory powers of turmeric to the histamine-fighting punch of apples, dig into some tasty ways to potentially clear up those seasonal sniffles.

Read it Here: Eat Away Your Allergies With These 12 Foods That Fight Seasonal Sniffles

10 Most Dangerous Foods Americans Eat Every Day

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Think your daily diet is safe? Think again! Some of the foods we munch on every day are ticking health time bombs, hiding serious risks behind their tasty facades. We’re unveiling some common everyday foods that could be wrecking your health and exposing the truth about what’s really on your plate.

Read it Here: 10 Most Dangerous Foods Americans Eat Every Day

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2 Comments

  1. Hello Gina,
    ok
    So now I know that every cooking oil in the market is poison.
    which one do you use for cooking at home ?
    I want to cook using your oil and live a healthy life like you.

    thank you,