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You should know that good fats (like saturated fats) are not bad for you. Which oils are best to cook with? You need to look at how stable it is when it cooks. Vegetable oils are very unstable at a high temperature so you should never cook with them. Also see if the oil is saturated (solid at room temperature) They are usually more stable than liquid oils.
These are the best oils to cook with:
Coconut oil is a great cooking oil because it is saturated and very stable a high temperature. It is a white solid at room temperature(below 76 degrees F) and has a yummy coconuty taste. It comes from coconuts of course. Many people around the world, especially in India, have used the oil for thousands of years. Coconut oil does not become rancid too quickly so food cooked in it won’t become stale.
In the 1940’s farmers tried to use coconut oil to make their animals fatter. Guess what? The became leaner and healthier, had a better appitite and they were more active. Then they tried corn and soy, and that made the cute piggies and cows fatter. The same thing would happen to us.
Other health benefits of coconut oil are good saturated fats called lauric acids help us fight many diseases including HIV and cancer. It helps with weight loss and is 92% saturated,6% monounsaturated and only a good 2% polyunsaturated!
Coconut oil is great with meat and fish, and some veggies too, like sweet potatoes.
When you don’t want a coconuty taste to your food you can use ghee or butter for cooking also. Ghee is a very nutritious fat even though it’s technically dairy. The reason to avoid dairy is because of lactose and some gut iritating properties. Ghee is purified to the point where it has no lactose in pure form, unlike butter which has a little(0.5% to be exact). Ghee also is stable at high temperatures and is also highly saturated(good).
Ghee is great for cooking but also has other benefits as well. It is high in vitamin A and D, and can be supportive for eye and bone health. And Of course it is saturated and helps absorb fat soluble vitamins, like other fats.
Ghee is great to cook all foods in my opinion.
You know, lard, duck fat, tallow… Those are excellent for cooking. All animal fats are very stable at high temperatures and mostly saturated fat(if the animal was healthy and not fed grains. Grains raise polyunsaturated fat in the animal which is mostly omega-6. The lack of omega-3 in the fat will ruin our 1:1 omega-3: omega-6 ratios, which is really bad).
The other benefits of saturated animal fat are that it’s good for your bones, it makes up at least 50% of the cell membrane, and it enhances the immune system too. Those are just a few of the proven benefits of animal fats.
To be honest I’ve never tried food cooked in animal fats, I’m just gonna guess that its good in sweet potato/ zucchini chips and meat, maybe veggies, but I’m not sure.
So now you should know how cook paleo style. Make these the main fats you consume and cook with, and live healthily.