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
Rich in both monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, it’s no surprise that sesame oil is adept at helping lower cholesterol. But a new study shows it might help lower blood pressure too. Experts suspect antioxidant compounds called sasamol and sesamin may give the oil its healthy edge.
Taste: Varies depending on seeds. Oils made with roasted seeds are dark hued and intensely nutty. Lighter hued oils are mildly nutty.
Uses: Drizzled over vegetables or fish or blend with other oils to keep it from overpowering a dish
Storage: Keep in a cool, dark cabinet or refrigerate
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