8 Alternative Healthy Cooking Oils
While olive and canola oils are definitely healthy choices, newer oils like grapeseed, avocado, and coconut oil are vying for attention. Are they worth your health dollars? By: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD
Grape Seed Oil
Prized by chefs for its neutral flavor and high smoke point, this polyunsaturated-rich oil is made from the seeds of wine grapes. Grape seed oil is adept at raising “good” cholesterol (HDL) and lowering LDL or “bad” cholesterol. However, unlike grapeseed extract, the oil doesn’t harbor appreciable amounts of proanthacyanadins, potent antioxidants that fight disease.
Taste: Clean, light flavor
Uses: Frying and sauteeing. Good for ethnic dishes
Storage: Opened, it will keep for up to a year in a cool, dry cabinet.
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