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Top 5 Oils For Optimal Health and Weight Loss

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Have you ever just picked up a bottle of vegetable oil, soy oil, canola oil or corn oil to cook with and not realizing how damaging it is to your health?  If so, those 4 oils are wreaking havoc with your health.  These oils are either processed and/or contain a high amount of omega 6 fats that in excess create low-level inflammation in the body.

Low-level inflammation is the core cause of most illness, disease, faster-aging and weight gain

Processed oils such as Canola Oil  (created from the highly toxic rapeseed plant) is highly refined (and genetically engineered 93%) that goes through a multi-process of bleaching, refining and degumming at high temperatures with chemicals. This process essentially voids any and all beneficial healthy fatty acids due to the free-radical proliferation. On top of all of this it is deodorized to make it taste and smell fresh because it smells awful after the processing. The end result? an oil that essentially becomes a trans fat.  One important component in reversing inflammation, weight loss and optimal health is to to kick trans fats to the curb.

Here is my personal list of go-to oils for your healthy kitchen:

Butter – Butter is a healthy food unlike what we were once told. Studies have shown there is no association between saturated fat and heart disease and butter contains short and mediium chain fats (as in coconut oil) that lead to satiation, is an anti-inflammatory and increased weight loss.  One important component of reversing fatflammation is gut health.  Butter contains the fatty acid butyrate that promotes a healthy gut and butrate is highly concentrated in butter. If possible, look for the butter Kerrygold that is a grass-fed butter high in butyrate or any grass-fed butter.

Macadamia nut oil – This oil is one of my favorites due to its versatility.  It is very high in oleic acid that means reduced inflammation – necessary to shrink fat cells.  Macadamia nut oil also contains palmitoleic acid that may boost metabolism – slowing down the body’s fat storage. Many people love olive oil but do not realize that olive oil cannot be used as a high heat oil – but macadamia nut oil can.  You can cook with this oil at a high heat and not degrade the fat structure, thus keeping its anti-inflammatory properties.  Macadamia can be used in any way you would use any other cooking oil.

Flax oil –is high in an essential omega 3 fat ALA that is converted to the essential inflammation reducing omega 3 fat EPA and DHA <- a critical component for reversing inflammation.  However, the conversion of ALA from flax oil to EPA and DHA is limited.  Flax oil is the next best oil to be used by vegetarians to increase their intake of omega 3 fats that they would otherwise take in through fish, grass-fed beef or fish suppplements. This oil is not to be heated or cooked with in any way as it is highly sensitive to heat and all properties are destroyed.  Use it fresh and raw on salads, veggies or in place of any oil.  If you are a vegetarian, and need a superior source of EPA and DHA in your diet, supplement with an algae-derived source of DHA.

Olive Oil – It is good for you, tasty and easy to use.  But it is also a potent inflammation fighter due to its high content of oleic acid and polyphenol nutrients.  An important key is to either use it fresh, non-heated (best) or low to moderate heat. So, is this wonderful healthy oil also a contributor to inflammation?  The anwser is that it can be if heated to a high heat. Never heat this oil to a high heat (never let it smoke) as it degrades the oil and thus creates inflammation as opposed to reducing it.

Coconut Oil  – Another one of my go-to oils!  I highly recommend the use of this oil for reversing fatflammation.  This fat has powerful effects on metabolism and is metabolized differently than other fats.  Coconut oil is rich in Lauric acid that not only boosts your immune system, it also boosts metabolism due to the medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that go from the intestinal tract directly to the liver where they are burned for energy rather than being stored as body fat – especially in the abdominal area or they are turned into ketone bodies. These shorter length fatty acids actually can speed up weight loss.  Ensure you choose organic, expeller-pressed and extra-virgin coconut oil – it actually looks like shortening when cold.

The best oils are an important component to creating your best health.  Happy Eating!

To Your Health,

~Dr.Lori

Dr. Lori L. Shemek
Star Expert

Dr. Lori Shemek is the best-selling author of “FIRE-UP YOUR FAT BURN! and a leading health and weight loss expert. The Huffington Post has recognized Dr. Shemek twice as one of the 'Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts' alongside such names as Dr. Oz and the Huffington Post also recognized her as one of the 'Top 35 Diet and Nutrition Experts' She is also a health expert for the ABC TV show Good Morning Texas.

Dr. Lori L. Shemek
Star Expert

Dr. Lori Shemek is the best-selling author of “FIRE-UP YOUR FAT BURN! and a leading health and weight loss expert. The Huffington Post has recognized Dr. Shemek twice as one of the 'Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts' alongside such names as Dr. Oz and the Huffington Post also recognized her as one of the 'Top 35 Diet and Nutrition Experts' She is also a health expert for the ABC TV show Good Morning Texas.

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Salman Akbar
Salman Akbar 5pts

Best Oil is Olive oil. And the best Prescribed medication is Pure Honey.

Nk Khan
Nk Khan 5pts

its can be in hindi language also

Vaishali DasGupta
Vaishali DasGupta 5pts

So u use these oils for massages or take / drink a spoonful a day ?

Leela Lama
Leela Lama 5pts

In Nepal there is an old tradition in Kathmandu valley only the mustard seed is fried and crushed to take out oil. It's dark in color and can be taken without heating in certain recipes. I don't know it's value health wise.

Rick Monahan
Rick Monahan 5pts

I'm not positive, but pretty sure...it can be used as fuel so, most likely \U0001f60a

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Well we tend to agree there! But can you use it for cooking?

Julena Peterson
Julena Peterson 5pts

Yes. I. Have. Pick. A bottle. Of. Corn. Oil. In. The. Other. Ones

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

:) Thanks for adding those for up!

John N Dina
John N Dina 5pts

Nothing beats olive oil, especially Palestine Olive Oil.I'm a little biased : )

Sangeeta Kothari
Sangeeta Kothari 5pts

Very good information thanks for sharing.I would like to know I am using peanut oil is it okay.

Vidya Vaidyanathan
Vidya Vaidyanathan 5pts

Mustard and gingelly oils are considered to be veryvery good for health

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Shazia Jaffry Yes you can, but there are healthier alternatives including ghee as suggested by Kesha!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Pronoti Ganguly Mustard oil has excellent health benefits too, but mustard oil acts as an appetizer by stimulating the gastric juices in the stomach. :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Shilpa Padte Mustard oil has excellent benefits too, but mustard oil acts as an appetizer by stimulating the gastric juices in the stomach. :)

Kesha Stribling Alexander
Kesha Stribling Alexander 5pts

Butter will burn, but you can use clarified butter also know as ghee. It has an extremely high heat point. I've used it for sautéing and frying with no problem. Gives an awesome flavor.

Shilpa Padte
Shilpa Padte 5pts

What about Musterd oil and Soya bean oil.

Shannon Colson
Shannon Colson 5pts

are there other ways to take coconut oil other than just cooking?

Rusty Woodward
Rusty Woodward 5pts

Been using vegetable all my life and I am doing quite well at 73 yrs. old. I have good health and can still out work most men in their 50's and 60's..

Sarath Dassanaike
Sarath Dassanaike 5pts

The best OIL is COCO NUT OIL. SRI LANANS had been using coconut oil for the past 2550 years of written history when our SINHALESE BUDDHIST ROYAL KINGS ruled our country. Still it is used and a MINISTRY OF COCO NUT INDUSTRY to protect and develop it

Lora Benz
Lora Benz 5pts

I thought Canola Oil was good 4 U??!

Elis LaMorenita
Elis LaMorenita 5pts

I cook mostly with olive oil and i see is not good either, por eso no bajo I need to get Macadamian ASAP