Many people think that conventional vegetable oil is healthy because it is made from vegetable. This assumption can be a danger to their health because vegetable oil is just as bad as junk food. Conventional vegetable oil is similar to junk food because it is processed. During the production stage, most of its nutrients are extracted which leaves only the oil. This means that when people consume vegetable oil, they are consuming nothing but fat.
Even though conventional vegetable oil is a healthier alternative to conventional animal oil, its cons far exceed its pros. Vegetable oil contains a good amount of saturated fat which stimulates the liver to produce more cholesterol. Whenever we consume too much vegetable oil or any similar oil, our liver ends up produce more cholesterol than their body needs. This is unhealthy because it can increase the risk of heart disease. Too much of anything is not a good thing.
One of the hidden dangers of vegetable oils is that many of them are genetically modified. Corn, soybean, canola and cottonseed are the top genetically modified vegetable oil in the United States. US companies that manufacture genetically modified food, also known as GMO, are not required to label their food, which is why it is hard to tell if a food is genetically modified or not. Another oil you should stay away from as much as possible is hydrogenated oil. This type of oil is full of saturated fat, cholesterol and carcinogens which is why it is so effective at clogging arteries. Hydrogenated oil is usually found in chips, crackers, cookies, cereals and fast food.
To reduce your oil consumption, avoid eating fast food and junk food as much as possible. As for cooking, I like to use about 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil (non-GMO) and mix it with water. The water does a good job preventing the food from sticking to the pan as long as it is not being cooked at high temperatures. Medium to low temperatures work best but it does take longer to cook the food. Also, using a non-stick pan will prevent the food from sticking to the pan. One of the best oil to use for cooking food is called Artisana Raw Organic Coconut Oil.
Category: Processed Food