- Olive Oil: Anti-inflammatory, loaded with antioxidants, regulates blood sugar levels and is considered a monounsaturated (MUFA) fat. Our bodies need this type of fat. Olive oil is also used primarily in the Mediterranean diet in which the epic studies are based upon. Be sure to purchase pure quality olive oil. It is best consumed raw or on low heat.
- Coconut Oil: Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Anti-viral, Anti-Fungal. Coconut oil boosts brain function and energy. It is also a medium chain fatty acid which is unique and essential to our body. Not all saturated fats are bad for you! Good-quality healthy fat stimulates brain function, balances your hormones, and increases energy. So, crank up the heat (cook on med-high temperature) and make some homemade fries with this healthy oil.
Oils to Avoid:When you see this oil in the store, picture it with a red circle and line through it! Canola Oil is extremely inflammatory to the body. It has been known to increase blood pressure (as it is a genetically modified GMO) and can also cause extensive digestive problems that eventually lead to liver and kidney disorders. It is partially-hydrogenated which means that when exposed to high heat, it increases trans fats. It is NOT the heart-healthy, nor healthy oil that it is marketed to be.
As summer quickly approaches, there is nothing better than a fresh salad! Store bought salad dressings are loaded with unhealthy oils and too much salt. (“Feeling a little Salty”) Making your own salad dressing is a piece of cake! It only takes a few minutes, is cost effective, and better for everybody!