One reason that we love these three oils is that they are easy for the body to breakdown and use for energy. Other oils that we use, but not quite as often, are sesame oil, grass-fed butter and clarified butter which is also known as ghee. This product is created when the water and milk solids are boiled and removed making it more concentrated in fat. Butter has a low smoke point, so you want to be careful when cooking with it. It is easy to burn butter just cooking on the stovetop! Ghee does have a higher smoke point than butter, so it is a good alternative when higher cooking temperatures are needed. Sesame oil is very flavorfuland contains antioxidants. It also has a smoke point of aboutonly 350 degrees, so it is a good choice for dressing or drizzling. Most people are probably familiar with its use in Asian foods, as it is used a lot for stir-frying and sautéing.
Note that you should avoid highly processed oils such as vegetable and seed oils including canola, peanut, corn, sunflower, safflower, cottonseed, and grapeseed. They are so processed that almost all the benefits that could have been there are completely stripped from the oil. They are also known to cause inflammation in the body. If you are eating out, be careful, as fried foods are often cooked in cheap vegetable oils that are usually overused. Think about how many orders of food go through the fryer in between oil changes! It is heated up over and over which as we’ve mentioned is not good for the fatty acids in most oils and can become very problematic in your body.
We hope that this helps you understand which oils to cook with and why. With this information, it should be clearer to see what the differences are between our top choices. You can get the most benefit out of oils if you understand what you’re cooking with! Remember that oils can be a great source of healthy fats and they can be used for sautéing, grilling, drizzling, dressings, marinating, roasting and broiling. Just make sure that you are using high quality, organic options whenever possible. We suggest that you be cautious of highly processed oils and avoid them at all costs as they provide very little nutritional value and are often more harmful to your body. Our top 3 cooking oils to always have on hand are coconut/MCT oil, olive oil and avocado oil. They each have so many benefits and can be used for cooking in so many ways!