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What are some healthy cooking oils?

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Some healthy cooking oils are coconut oil, canola oil, olive oil, palm oil and sesame oil. With the ability to cook at high temperatures and to last months without going bad, coconut oil is one of the most stable options on the list.

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What are some healthy cooking oils?
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Coconut oil is in a semisolid form at room temperature. Coconut oil is high in lauric acid which has been shown to improve cholesterol and kill bacteria. It also increases metabolism and feelings of fullness after eating.

Extra-virgin olive oil has more health benefits than pure or refined olive oil. Extra-virgin olive oil is an excellent source of monosaturated fats and powerful antioxidants. It has been shown to raise HDL "good cholesterol" while lowering LDL "bad cholesterol" in the blood.

Canola oil is one of the most versatile healthy cooking oils. It has a neutral flavor and can be used in a variety of dishes and cooking methods. It is processed and refined meaning it has fewer nutrients than other healthy cooking oils.

Sesame oil has a rich, nutty flavor and is often used in Asian cooking. It is used to make stir-fry dishes and dressings. Palm oil in its unrefined form is known as red palm oil and is high in vitamin E and other nutrients.

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