When you hear vegetable oil doesn’t it sound healthy right?!?
Well, it’s just another way that big food companies want us to think and it’s the complete opposite.
To prove my point, varnish, which is what carpenters use to finish wood, is made from vegetable oils! These oils are mainly composed of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids. PUFAs react with oxygen in the air to help polymerize the varnish into a nice hard coating that helps preserve the wood. 1
Varnish is good for your floors, but not so good for your arteries, brain or mitochondria.
So a little bit of Polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) is not a problem for us, we actually need some. The problem lies in when vegetable oils get stripped away during the industrial refining of sunflower and other vegetable oils. The refining process not only strips away antioxidants, it makes PUFAs toxic by exposing them to heat, pressure, metals and bleaching agents. 1
Nature does not make bad fats, factories do.
Products with vegetable oil are best avoided whenever possible. Good luck because you can find them in almost everything!
Below is a good rule of thumb regarding which fats and oils to avoid and buy:
Bad Fats: NEVER eat these!
REFINED PUFA-Rich seed OILS a.k.a. “Vegetable oil”
Canola, Corn, Cottonseed, Soy, Sunflower, Safflower, Grapeseed, Rice bran.
ALSO TOXIC: Refined Palm oil. (It’s not very high in PUFAs, but the refining is often more intense).
PLUS: Anything that says hydrogenated because it’s going to start with one of the above and process it further to generate trans fats.
Good Fats: Eat THESE instead!
UNREFINED LOW-PUFA FATS and OILS
Avocado oil, Butter, Coconut Oil, Duck Fat, Ghee, Lard, Olive oil, Peanut oil, Tallow, Sesame oil, Flax seed oil, Walnut oil, Almond oil, Macadamia nut oil
Also: Anything that says cold pressed and unrefined. It must say unrefined! If it says cold pressed but is refined, it’s no good.
USE THESE FOR COOKING:
Almond oil, Avocado oil, Butter, Coconut, Duck Fat, Ghee, Lard, Macadamia nut oil, Peanut oil, Tallow
**When you go out to dinner ask what they are using to cook your food in and make sure they use the good ones above in order to avoid eating vegetable oil.
Hopefully this info will help prepare you when reading labels, cooking and going out to eat as well!
Have a great weekend!