Choosing your cooking oils

With so many cooking oils on the market, selecting the healthiest options can be confusing.

Choosing Your Cooking Oils
With so many cooking oils on the market, selecting the healthiest options can be confusing.

(KPRC) Olive, sunflower, even avocado oil, there are so many choices when it comes to cooking.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Dietitian Chris Nixon said there ares cooking categories for cooking oil: never use, use with caution and safe for searing.

First up, flaxseed oil.

“You never want to cook with flaxseed oil. In fact, you actually want to keep it refrigerated to prevent it from being oxidized,” Nixon said.

She said oxidized oils can cause strokes and high cholesterol.

“It can lead to cardiovascular disease and increased risk for cancer as well,” she said.

Medium heat may take longer, but you have plenty of options for oils that can cook at stove-top temperatures between 300-500 degrees.

“If you’re doing more of a stir fry or baking or cooking, then the grapeseed or the extra virgin olive oil, peanut oil or canola oil would be good options,” she said.

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