What is the best oil for cooking?

07 ABR 2017

Many times we have raised what different is the best oil for cooking.

When we talk about cooking, it is essential to consider that the best oils are those which are composed of monounsaturated fatty acids since, although fat is essential and essential in a balanced diet, we should know to choose the type that will bring us more benefits to our body.

As is widely known, that healthier oil is olive oil since it’s composed of many fatty acids monounsaturated (also polyunsaturated) with great benefits for our metabolism besides a high content fatty acids omega 9, such as oleic acid.

But it’s not the only beneficial oil, also we can try different monounsaturated oils very beneficial for our diet such as sunflower oil, the peanut oil, canola oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil or flaxseed oil. All of them, are a good alternative to the exquisite olive oil.

On the other hand, we found some oils which, even if they seem harmless, are so bad for our bodies. These include margarines, lard, corn oil, soybean oil, or the now famous palm oil. In the case of the first two, we should significantly reduce their consumption due to its high caloric intake (polyunsaturated fats), and in the case of corn, soy or palm oil eliminate them from our diet completely.

We must also consider its use, as for example for fry, for which we also recommend, although many don’t believe it, the olive oil. This is explained due to the oxidation that suffer the oil when it’s exposed to high temperatures, generating "aldehydes" which consume, even in small quantities, are associated with a higher type of diseases. In the case of olive oil, these aldehydes are almost non-existent, while in sunflower or corn oil are much higher.

Either way, the undisputed king is still the olive oil, recommended even for frying, although many are still reluctant to do so.