Healthy fats are essential to our overall health and an important part of our Portion Rx. In addition to stabilizing blood sugar levels for all day energy, healthy fats support brain and heart health and reduce our risk for disease. Some of my favorite sources of healthy fats are cooking oils. Coconut oil and Ghee are my favorite high heat oils, meaning they have a high smoke point and don’t create dangerous free radicals that are linked to cancer and disease. My other favorite oil is olive oil. Read on to learn more about each oil.
1. Coconut Oil: This high heat oil contains properties that help ease digestion, support the immune system, and boost metabolism. If you’re still not convinced that coconut oil is a great option, try roasting a pan of veggies at 400 degrees in a tablespoon of melted coconut oil and pinch of salt. Coconut oil makes veggies taste even more sweet (roasted sweet potatoes are my favorite!), and you won’t have to beg your kids to clean their plates.
2. Ghee: You may be surprised to learn that ghee is clarified butter. Rich and flavorful, this antioxidant packed oil helps our body absorb nutrients and vitamins, aiding in the digestive process. Like coconut oil, it also strengthens your immune system and boosts your metabolism. I feel sated and energized for hours after consumption. I use ghee as a replacement for olive oil when I’m cooking at high temperatures.
3. Olive Oil: This oil is best used when cooking at medium to low temperatures only (no frying). High in antioxidants, olive oil supports healthy cholesterol levels. In addition, this oil can reduce inflammation in the body and decrease the risk for developing a cardiovascular disease. I love to use olive oil as the base for salad dressings and veggie dips. When purchasing it, make sure that the oil is cloudy (unfiltered) and yellow in color for the highest antioxidant levels.
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