Historically governments have advised us to eat a low fat diet to reduce our risk of heart disease. Research is now showing that eating the right sort of fats can protect us against heart disease.
Olive Oil is a Heart Healthy Oil
The oil with the most research behind it is olive oil. Lucky for me as I live in Spain, one of the world's largest producers of olive oil.
Here people splash it around with gusto.
Drizzle it on your salad, bread, fish, anything!
Extra virgin olive oil has been proclaimed THE best olive oil. It can get expensive but it has a delicious peppery taste and beautiful deep green colour.
If you're worried that cooking in extra virgin is a little too decadent, consider buying a cheaper bottle to cook with.
Coconut Oil is Another Good Fat
Coconut oil is another oil that is now considered healthy. But, it is more controversial with some experts calling it "poison". Whereas other experts say it helps us burn fat and helps us to lose weight.
I use coconut oil in moderation. I often add a teaspoon to my breakfast to help me feel full up during the morning.
Oils to Avoid
Avoid any oil that has been highly processed. Think anything that is cheap and sold at your super market!
Avoid Palm Oil to Save Animals
Palm oil is now added to many packaged foods. There are different types of palm oil. And you've guessed it, the one that is added to packaged foods isn't great for you!
One big problem with palm oil is that they chop down large swaths of forest to produce it. This destroys the natural habitat of many animals including oragutans, tigers and rhinoceros.
Find out more about the impact of palm oil on the environment.
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How to Eat More Good Quality Fats
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45 Recipes that Use Good Fats
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