Guide To Cooking Oils And Their Benefits

You are what you eat and that is a fact. Though you may have been watching what you put into your mouth to a tee, you may have been missing out which type of oil is being used in prepping them. Thus, you may actually be consuming more calories and fat than you think. And this may be that pesky hinderance in your journey to shape up. Thus, we shine our spotlight on an ingredient that is usually unspoken of when the food is served while you fuss over the excessive salt and sugar while ordering. Read on for a simple guide on the types of cooking oil available, what benefits they possess and how you can use them as topical treatments for your body.


Sunflower Oil

Extracted from the seeds of sunflowers, sunflower oil is low in saturated fat and easily broken down by your body by metabolism. Made up of mainly linoleic acid, oleic acid and palmitic acid, sunflower oil has a good amount of carotenoids and vitamins A, D and a substantial amount of vitamin E. This means that they are beneficial to your heart health, packed with antioxidants which keeps your skin, organs and body youthful.

Given its high smoke point, sunflower oil is good for frying and baking. It has a mild, nutty flavour which makes it a great ingredient for salad dressings.

Due to its emollient properties, apart from being a common cooking oil used in kitchens, sunflower oil is also widely used in cosmetic products’ formulation. Used on its own, in the purest form, sunflower oil can be applied as a hair mask ( leave in for 15 mins and shampoo of thoroughly) to hydrate damaged hair and give your mane a healthy shine.


Canola Oil

Canola oil is an extraction made from rapeseeds that have been cultivated with less amount of Erucic acid and Glucosinolates. It contains half the amount of saturated fat found in corn oil, olive oil and soybean oil. It contains an appraisable amount of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, C, E, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. This means that consuming a healthy amount of canola oil can aid in forestalling heart attack and strokes, maintain your radiant skin and eradicate free radicals that caused your body to age.

In topical application, canola oil is great for ridding wrinkles and dark circles on the face effectively. It also helps in hair regrowth. All you will have to do is massage a drop or two of pure canola oil onto your scalp where the balding patches are and do it thrice a week.


Olive Oil

Packed with monounsaturated fatty acids, olive oil also contains a great number of polyphenols, oleic acids and antioxidants. This, in short, means that consuming olive oil help to boost cardiovascular health, rids oxidative damages in your body and is beneficial to help you lose weight while maintaining your cholesterol levels. Do take note that extra virgin oil should be your go-to for no to low heat cooking given its low smoking point. A low smoking point is beneficial to your body as the healthy fatty acids are still intact. Just watch out for the temperature ( > 204-degree Celsius) that you are hitting the pan with the oil with to prevent a burnt taste to your food and ruining the fat molecules in the oil.

Given the mega-hype in the past years, you would probably already know that pure olive oil is ideal for being a hair mask, a face mask and even part of any home remedy to give your body a goddess-like glow from head to toe!


Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil contains a high concentration of omega-3 and antioxidants. They will help prevent inflammation, constipation and damages caused by free radicals. Due to its low smoking point, flaxseed oil should avoid heat at all cost. So use them in your smoothies, salad dressing and dips to enjoy the wonderful benefits that it can offer. When used with heat, the nutrients in flaxseed oil will turn into dangerous chemicals, causing harm to your body when consumed.

With its anti-inflammation properties, flaxseed oil does a wonderful job of being a remedy for acne breakouts, skin irritation and rashes when applied to your skin.


Coconut Oil

All the rave on this tropical fruit’s oil should have you already on the bandwagon to slather bucket loads of it all over your hair, body and nails for gorgeous skin and shiny hair. Coconut oil is purported as a great weight loss ingredient as the fatty acids in it would be processed into ketone bodies that are beneficial for your metabolism. It also contains lauric acid, iron and a small amount of vitamin E and K. Coconut oil is a wonderful alternative for butter used in baking. However, do note that it has a rather strong and distinct taste that you may want to consider when you use it for your cooking. Though it is considered one of the better oils to use in cooking, do use and consume it with caution, after all, moderation is key to any diet and for great health.