Some oils contain higher levels of saturated fat, which is considered the "bad" or unhealthy fat because it can clog arteries and lead to high cholesterol levels and increased risk of heart disease.
Avoid these oil varieties, some of which are so high in saturated fat that they have more of it than some meat sources:
- Coconut oil
- Palm oil
- Palm kernel oil
- Safflower oil
Healthy Alternatives to Cooking Oil
You don't always have to cook in oil — there are other options that are even lighter and healthier. Try these alternatives:
- Lightly coat your pan with cooking spray rather than adding liquid oil
- Bake by wrapping food in parchment paper or aluminum foil to steam it and keep it moist
- Use broth, such as a low-sodium vegetable, beef, or chicken variety, as a cooking medium and sauce base
- Steam food above boiling water
- Season food with lemon juice for a citrus flavor
- Marinate or cook with balsamic vinegar for a tangy, rich flavor
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