Greasy

So… some oil is good for you and some oil is not. Some fat is good for you and some is not. I promise, this is not a riddle. I’ve been flipping through my Food Lovers Companion (aka the foodie bible that could kick me out of the deepest slump) and wandered across this chart. It’s cool. It’s interesting. Do some reading of your own to find out other health benefits/risks of the oils you use!

Saturated Fats are the nutritional “bad guys.” They are associated with some cancers and increased cholesterol levels, a contributing factor to heart disease. Polyunsaturated Fats are relatively healthy, and Monounsaturated Fats are known to help reduce levels of LDL (the bad) cholesterol. The following percentages are approximate and may vary from brand to brand.

OILS

SATURATED %

POLYUNSATURATED %

MONOUNSATURATED %

Canola

Almond

Safflower

Hazelnut

Sunflower

Corn

Grapeseed

Olive

Soybean

Walnut

Peanut

Sesame Seed

Avocado

Cottonseed

Palm Kernel

Coconut

6

9

9

11

12

13

13

14

14

16

17

18

20

26

83

89

32

26

76

14

66

62

70

10

61

56

35

41

11

53

5

3

62

65

15

75

22

25

17

76

25

28

48

41

69

21

12

8

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Greasy

  1. Bethany Swallow

    I’m biased to that coconut oil – here’s why: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/coconut-oil-health-benefits/

    Great information! Thanks Rebecca!

  2. AdamC

    Good post. This got me reading all over the kinds of fats and whether they are good or bad or if the results are inconclusive.

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