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Friday, June 29, 2012

Types of Cooking Oil

I was reading some of the wall updates of my friends in one of the social media sites that I frequently visited. One of my friends was posting about her grocery lists which include vegetables and cooking oil. One of her friends commented that the canola oil she mentioned was not at all healthy then, the thread became a long discussion about cooking oil.

It opened my eyes as to how knowledgeable they were about these things. I said to myself, I should educate myself as well. My husband and I are using vegetable and olive oils in the kitchen because as far as I know, it is good for the heart. I really did not research about the good benefits of oils. I only rely on what most health conscious people said and used in their kitchen.

I have been reading the guide for the different types of cooking oil for few hours now and been comparing some of it. I didn't know that some oils have distinctive taste. I made some further research and found out that extra virgin oil is good for salad dressing. That olive oil is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, soaps and as a fuel for traditional oil lamp.

I also learn that canola oil is low in saturated fat and has a beneficial omega-3 fatty acid profile. So far, canola oil is recognized by many health professional organizations and that the absence of saturated fats in the oil content makes canola oil a healthy food. That's what my friend was pointing out in her wall update.

Anyway, there was a study about sunflower oil. The study shows that infants receiving a daily skin treatment of sunflower oil were 41% less likely to develop infections in the hospital. That's amazing to know. But, when oils have the good benefits, negative health effects are lurking behind it. High consumption is not good at all.

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