Which Cooking Oils Make You Chubby?
October 2nd, 2012 by Ingrid Macher
Today, I’m going to let you in on one of my biggest struggles.
Something that kept me from looking the way I wanted to look… for years.
You see, as a Latina growing up in Colombia, food played an important role in my life.
It was a major part of my culture… a culture that is very important to me. One that I am very proud of.
Eating this food was a typical form of celebration that was widely accepted.
When you’re around others who are eating certain food, you eat that food too. There’s no time to question it. It’s expected of you.
But unfortunately a lot of that delicious food being passed around… isn’t exactly healthy for you.
In fact, a lot of the food we eat in Colombia is fried…
Which means it’s been cooked in fatty oils that add tons of unhealthy calories to the meal.
Because these aren’t healthy fats.
The oils these foods were fried in were often overly processed and lacked any nutritional value.
I’m talking about fats that clog arteries and cause heart disease.
Corn oil… canola oil… vegetable oil…
These oils are loaded with omega-6 fatty acids, which we already get too much of in our Western diets.
These oils are made up of cheap ingredients that were chemically extracted.
Also, if you buy any processed food… cookies, chips, cakes, etc… chances are, these foods were treated with an even more dangerous form of these unhealthy fats.
In these foods, the oils are heated further in a process called hydrogenation. This is done so that the foods don’t spoil, extending their shelf life.
But while this process is good for the stores, it’s terrible for your health.
Because the process of hydrogenation causes chemical changes to the oil… and makes it toxic to our bodies!
To show just how dangerous these hydrogenated oils are, listen to this…
The chemical structure they have has been shown to be similar to stearic acid… which is what we use to make candles!
So by eating them, it’s like we’re eating plastic.
So when I got serious about my health and found out how much damage I was doing with these fried foods, I was crushed.
I didn’t know what to do. I know I needed to cut back on the fried foods in general.
I started using healthier methods of cooking my meals.
Baking… grilling… slow-cooking…
But while I was okay with cutting back, I still wanted to preserve my culture… so I wasn’t willing to completely eliminate them from my life.
So I needed to find out the truth about fatty oils… and which oils I can use to cook food, without harming the health of my family.
And I found that some of these fatty oils can actually be healthy for you!
So not only do they add that great taste and flavor, but they also bring some nutritional value to the table.
Here are the oils I use today…
First up, we have olive oil.
It’s an oil rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. It’s rich in vitamins and antioxidants… and tastes great.
It can be used for sautéing your vegetables, for all light frying, and as a delicious salad dressing (without any extra sugar!).
Another great oil you can use is coconut oil.
It comes from the meat of a coconut and is absolutely delicious. But in addition to its great taste, there are unique properties which make it an amazing addition to your diet.
You see, coconut oil is made up of what’s called medium-chain triglycerides. This is a special form of saturated fat that is immediately used for energy instead of stored.
Which means… coconut oil is a delicious source of energy… that you can enjoy without worrying about it making you fat.
You can use it for frying, on salads, and especially in protein shakes and smoothies (because of its delicious taste).
It’s also great for baking.
Another oil I recently learned about is palm oil.
It comes from the Malaysian palm fruit… and is quickly becoming known as the healthiest oil of all.
It’s all-natural… doesn’t raise cholesterol levels…
And unlike most other oils out there…
Doesn’t lose its nutrient value when cooked… even at high heats!
This makes it the best oil to use when frying foods.
Also, palm oil is rich in nutrients. Like vitamin E, which has been showed to nourish brain cells and reduce the effects of a stroke.
And vitamin A, which helps maintain good vision, a healthy immune system, and aids in the elimination of cancer-causing free radicals.
So there you have it.
You now know how to keep fatty oils from making you fat…
First, cut back on the fried food. Use healthier ways of cooking like grilling, baking and slow-cooking whenever possible.
Next, cut down on the processed food to avoid their toxic hydrogenated oils.
And finally, when you find yourself use oils in your food preparation, stick to the healthy kinds. That means using olive oil, coconut oil, or palm oil instead of the usual suspects like corn or canola oil.
Make these changes and you’ll quickly notice a difference as to how you look and feel.
And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please leave me a comment in the section below.