Switching vegetable and canola oil out of your diet will make a huge difference in your health. Simply choose a raw coconut oil—meaning it hardens at room temperature—or a cold-pressed olive oil. There are a couple of things you need to know about each one so that you do not waste your money.
Coconut oil can be processed differently, and you want the process that keeps the most nutrients intact as possible. If you see any yellowing at the bottom of a jar of coconut oil, this shows it is not the process you want. So choose a good one! One brand I recommend is the Coconut Treat brand (yes, it’s a treat!). I’ve researched it and love it because it smells and tastes so much better than any I have tried (and I have tried a lot). It is so good. The owner knows what he is doing and has done his research to provide only the best.
Here are some coconut oil treat recipes!
For more recipes to make with coconut and olive oil check out my Food Recipes Page.
You want a dark olive green color, not the golden color you are used to with canola oil (I have taken a picture to give you a comparison). You want to get cold-pressed and organic olive oil. Otherwise, the olive oil has been processed and stripped, and is just as bad for you as vegetable or canola oil.
Just start cooking and using these in place any recipes that call for oil. You will not taste a difference! Or, in some cases, it will taste better. But a warning—you do not want to heat olive oil (as in cooking on the stove—baking is fine) because then it looses its nutritional value. If you need to heat an oil, use coconut oil or avocado oil instead. Avocado oil is a great option for a healthy oil, good with heat and cooking.
For example, if you are making a sweet bread, I would use all coconut oil (it makes it taste better). For savory or any other recipes I use olive oil if I don’t want it sweet. And if you want to “neutralize” any taste in any recipe use a half and half ratio and you will not be able to tell a difference—half coconut oil half olive oil.
Watch your sources and where our oil is getting sourced from. Switching out your oils is one of those thing that is a tiny change but will bring a huge difference to your health. Vegetable and Canola Oil adds to your LDL where as Avocado oil will boost up your HDL. This means better fat balance in the body, fighting cholesterol just the by oil you choose.