But there are a lot of different oils out there! What are some of the worst offenders? What are the ones you should eliminate today?
Well in small amounts nothing!
Omega 6 fatty acids are an essential part of your diet, which you can only get from food by the way. Omega 6's play a very important role in blood clotting, inflammation, and pain sensory.
Now although these may seem like unwanted processes there are necessary part of our survival.
Omega 3's on the other hand provide the complete opposite function. They are anti-inflammatory, lubricate joints, reduce pain...all the good stuff.
The problem arises when our omega 6 level is high and our omega 3 levels are low. You want to strive for an omega 3:6 ratio to be as close to 1:1 as possible. This will help reduce excess inflammation in the body. Unfortunately in todays world ratios are more on the order of 1:15 or even as high as 1:20!
So why is this the case?
Mainly from the large scale consumption of industrial seeds oils. They are cheap, abundant, and accessible making them a favourite in the western diet.
Industrial seed oils come from seed and grain crops. Canola, corn, soybean, vegetable, cottonseed, safflower, sunflower, grape seed, etc. are all common industrial seed oils. These oils contain very high percentages of linoleic acid or omega 6 fatty acids and are the main contributor to our high omega 6 to omega 3 ratios.
So what are some of the worst (more common) offenders...
Smoke point refers to the temperature at which a particular oil will burn, oxidize, and produce free radicals. This is an unwanted process because the consumption of oxidized oils may lead to increased risk of heart disease and other common diseases.
Cotton Seed Oil
So these are some of the worst offenders but what are some good replacements?
For higher heat cooking use...
Coconut oil, avocado oil, ghee, palm oil, or butter. These oils high high omega 3 fatty acids, low omega 6 fatty acids, and relatively high smoking points.
For things like salads or drizzling on vegetables use...
Extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil!
What will you find in my kitchen?
Extra virgin olive oil
Those are the three oils that I use on a regular basis due to their health benefits, cost, and deliciousness!
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