If you’re like most people, you probably think of cooking oils as a healthy addition to your diet. But what you may not know is that some cooking oils can actually be harmful to your health. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most toxic seed oils and why you should avoid them. We’ll also discuss some healthier alternatives that you can use instead. So read on to learn more!
What are toxic seed oils and why should you avoid them?
Many popular brands of vegetable oil and canola oil are loaded with unhealthy fats that can damage your health. Vegetable Oils are also highly inflammatory. Industrial seed oils are high in Omega-6 fatty acids which lead to inflammation and increased risk for chronic diseases like heart disease. They also have a tendency of rising oxidization, leading us to even more problems than before!
Seed oils are absolutely bad for you. Seed oils are proven to be some of the leading causes of heart disease, cancer, and other life-degrading conditions.
The health risks of consuming toxic seed oils
All seed oils are quite high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) that can cause inflammation and toxin accumulation in the body. On top of that, when exposed to high heat or reheated multiple times, these oils can turn toxic and cause greater harm to the human body.
How to spot a toxic seed oil product
Industrial seed oils are the highly processed oils extracted from soybeans, corn, rapeseed (canola), cottonseed, and sunflower and safflower seeds.
8 Harmful Seed Oils
- Canola oil
- Corn oil
- Cottonseed oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Rice bran oil
- Safflower oil
- Soy oil
- Sunflower oil
The best alternatives to toxic seed oils
- Olive Oil. To find organic olive oils, look for the green and white USDA-certified organic seal. That seal is a sure-fire way of knowing that the oil has been produced without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and is GMO-free.
- Avocado Oil. Avocado oil boasts a lot of the same benefits as extra virgin olive oil, but with a higher smoking point, making it great for sauteing or pan-frying. An extra-virgin, cold-pressed avocado oil, though more costly, will be more likely to be fresh and tasty. When selecting an extra-virgin variety, make sure the color has a rich, green hue. Try to purchase a bottle as close to the harvest date as possible.
- Coconut Oil. Due to its mild flavor and high smoke point, refined coconut oil is a better choice for baking and cooking. However, minimally processed unrefined coconut oil may be better for skin and hair care, as well as certain dietary preferences.
- Butter. Grass-fed organic butter such as Kerrygold and Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Butter.
While some of these oils may have benefits, they also come with risks. Be sure to consult a healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or adding new supplements, and always do your own research before purchasing any oil. With that in mind, which of these oils sounds most appealing to you? Will you be trying out one (or more) of them soon?
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