Which Fats and Oils Are Healthy?

Are you wondering which fats and oils are healthy?

These seems to be a lot of confusion about which fats are healthy to use in the kitchen. It can be really simple if you ask yourself these three questions:

Which Fats and Oils Are Healthy?

Which Fats and Oils Are Healthy?

How to choose fats and oils:

Ask yourself these simple questions:

  • Is this fat minimally processed and/or can I make it in my own kitchen?
  • Was this food eaten by my ancestors?
  • Does this fat or oil taste good by itself?

Which fats and oils to eat:

Eat but don’t heat:

Which to avoid:

  • Corn oil
  • Rice Bran oil
  • Canola oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Margarine
  • Safflower oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Most commercial salad dressing-read the lable
  • Low fat butter spreads/spritzers
  • Cooking Spray’s-Pam
  • Blended olive oils-used in many restaurants to cut costs

Reasons to avoid factory fats:

  • Oxidized during high heat processing, which creates pro-aging free radicals
  • They increase inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk
  • Made are from genetically modified seeds which have never been tested but deemed safe by Monsanto
  • Toxic chemicals and detergents are used to get the oil out of the seeds
  • Bleached and deodorized to make the product palatable
  • Increase gut irritation and permeability opening the door for autoimmune diseases
  • Increase weight gain because they have appetite stimulating compounds

Look here for a great chart on fats and oils:





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lCaitlin Weeks BA, NC, CPT is a full time blogger and author. She has many years of experience as a Certified Nutrition Consultant, C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach, and professional personal trainer in San Francisco, CA. Caitlin has had success conquering obesity after a lifelong struggle with her weight. Since 2009 she has been winning the battle against Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis using a Paleo diet. She truly believes in the mind- body connection for healing and is certified EFT practitioner. She is committed to educating others about the benefits of traditional/ancestral foods and efficient exercise.