Stop Using Vegetable Oils: What To Use Instead
Written by: Janet Early
Vegetable oils are cheap and readily available. Therefore, the conventional food industry loves to use them as ingredients.
This would be great… if they were good for you. But don’t be fooled by the word “vegetable” in the title: vegetable oils are a fast-track to inflammation and fat storage.
These oils can be found in processed foods throughout your local grocery store, such as granola bars, potato chips and prepared meals. They lurk under names like soybean, sunflower, cottonseed, corn or safflower oil.
Why Are Vegetable Oils Bad For You?
1. Vegetable Oils Contain A Lot Of Omega 6 Fatty Acids.
The body needs two types of essential fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6. Both have benefits, but are best when consumed in balance with one another.
The Standard American Diet today is high in omega-6s, but low in omega-3 consumption. Too many omega-6s in your diet can cause oxidative damage and inflammation. Contrastingly, when omega-6s and omega-3s are balanced, it is associated with lowered inflammation and better heart health.
2. People Haven’t Evolved Eating Vegetable Oils.
Vegetables oils have only been around for about 100 years. Before then, there was no technology capable of producing them.
Since people have only been consuming these oils for a mere fraction of human existence, we haven’t developed efficient ways of digesting or breaking them down inside the body.
3. Vegetable Oils Are Susceptible To Toxins And Chemicals.
The manufacturing process of these oils leaves them vulnerable to industrial chemicals and toxic solvents. Therefore, eating too much of them can welcome harmful toxins into your body. If you’re going to eat vegetable oils, it’s considered safest to buy only cold-pressed versions.
4. Vegetable Oils Have High Amounts Of Trans Fats.
The trans fats found in vegetable oils raise your overall risk of disease, particularly cardiovascular disease.
While many governments around the world have restricted the amount of trans fats available in the national food supply, the United States has not taken such measures. Therefore, trans fats are still highly present in the Standard American Diet.
What Are Healthier Options?
- Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is loaded with healthy fats, AKA medium-chain fatty acids, like caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid.
- Olive Oil. High-quality extra virgin olive oil contains anti-inflammatory compounds, powerful antioxidants and several macronutrients that boost heart health.
- Avocado Oil. Avocado oil is associated with healthy blood pressure, relief from arthritis symptoms, moisturized skin, heart health and an improvement in nutrient absorption.
While slightly more expensive, these three oils will help fuel all of your physical and mental goals. Vegetable oils, although cheaper in price, will end up costing you more in the long run.
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Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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