"Fat adds flavor" is the mantra of many a food lover, but you need to choose your fats wisely. We've rounded up the types of fats to leave out of your diet, including the cooking oils you should swap out for healthier alternatives when cooking.
Bad Fat: Trans Fat
Why You Should Skip It: The enemy of the heart, a diet rich in trans fats can significantly increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, while also contributing to weight gain.
Better Fat: Coconut Oil
Why You Should Try It: Extra virgin, organic, cold-pressed coconut oil (as pure as it gets) provides medium-chain triglycerides which don't seem to cause the harm once suggested. This oil can help you feel more full between meals to promote weight loss and can be used in place of butter on toast or for stir-frying.
Bad Fat: Saturated Fat
Why You Should Skip It: This yucky fat can lead to weight gain and increased cholesterol which put you at a greater risk for developing heart disease, suffering a heart attack or stroke or developing diabetes.
Better Fat: Avocado Oil
Why You Should Try It: A rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, avocado oil has a rich, buttery taste without all the saturated fat. Use it to make a salad dressing for a delicious vinaigrette better for you than what you can find in most bottles.
Bad Fat: Soybean Oil
Why You Should Skip It: This type of oil is partially hydrogenated, which means it's loaded with saturated fats and can negatively impact both good and bad cholesterol.
Better Fat: Olive Oil
Why You Should Try It: The original omega-3 powerhouse, this oil can help your skin glow and supports a healthy heart and mind. Olive oil can be used for marinades, for roasting proteins for for making sauces and dressings. Be sure to go for cold-pressed, extra virgin, organic olive oil in a dark bottle (to keep it fresh) when possible.
Bad Fat: Palm Oil
Why You Should Skip It: Packed with saturated and trans fats. Double bad.
Better Fat: Grapeseed Oil
Why You Should Try It: A wonderful source of vitamin E, grapeseed oil adds a delicious flavor while keeping the body's tissues healthy. It's also a source of polyunsaturated fats. You can use this oil for sauteing foods, since it's smoke point is very high.
Bad Fat: Cottonseed Oil
Why You Should Skip It: Another one loaded with saturated fats. The way it's harvested may also mean chemical traces in the final product.
Better Fat: Sunflower Oil
Why You Should Try It: Low in saturated fat and high in vitamin E, sunflower oil can be used at a high heat without worry of smoking and may even help lower bad cholesterol over time as part of a balanced diet.
You don't have to compromise on flavor to avoid consuming dangerous fats. Pick the right ones and follow serving suggestions and your taste buds won't feel deprived.
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