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Latest Research on Best Cooking Oils

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  • A recent study reported that extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) — not coconut, peanut or avocado oil — was best for cooking, as testing gave it the highest ranking for both oxidative stability and lack of harmful compounds produced when heated; however, its suitability as a cooking oil needs further research
  • Ways to determine which cooking oils are best include how the oils behave when they’re heated, as well as potentially harmful compounds produced
  • Coconut oil, deemed to be the next safest for cooking at high temperatures, failed when levels of naturally occurring antioxidants were compared, but coconut oil also contains beneficial medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which weren’t measured by the study
  • While the Australian study maintains that smoke point is no longer an issue, studies show that fumes emitted from cooking oils can potentially be carcinogenic

By Dr. Mercola

You may have wondered about many of the recommendations you see regarding cooking oils, such as what types are healthiest and how they should and should not be used. There's peanut oil, safflower oil, coconut, avocado, grapeseed and olive oils, and plenty more. So which one's best?


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