O is for Oils

By October 14, 2016 Education, Nutrition Tips

Oils, a very interesting topic of discussion the last few years. And boy can it get confusing. Olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, sunflower oil, the list goes on and on so how do you know which oil to choose? I could go on all day about these but I’ll just cover the main 2 which people wonder about…coconut oil vs. olive oil.

Let me start with coconut oil, it’s been highlighted as the new ‘superfood’ by certain celebrity chefs, people preach that having a spoonful each day has helped them lose weight, although the thought of eating a tablespoon of oil in one mouthful makes me feel a bit unwell to be honest. And perhaps its not the coconut oil itself but the increase of some fat in a persons diet so they feel fuller for longer, therefore better controlling their portions and weight loss usually then occurs.

While we are often told coconut oil is good for your cholesterol, and this is partly true. It mimics what olive oil does in improving your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. But a study found that coconut oil raises LDL cholesterol less than butter, but significantly more than unsaturated plant oils do (e.g. olive oil). This is not ideal as an increase in LDL cholesterol is atherogenic. So my suggestion…keep the coconut oil as a skin moisturiser or hair treatment!

At the end of the day trust extra virgin olive oil comes out on top. A good source of omega 3’s and the type of unsaturated fat in olive oil increases your good (HDL) cholesterol, which helps to keep your bad (LDL) cholesterol low.

Olive oil is a good option to use as a salad dressing base, to drizzle over your veggies before roasting them, use as a dipping sauce with dukkah & a grainy bread or to even just use in cooking.is for Oily

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