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9 Types Of Oil That Are Used For Cooking And Their Health Benefits

Food is a major aspect of our life, and what we eat daily has many effects on our health. Most of the foods we consume in this part of the world are prepared with oil, and the most common ones are palm oil and groundnut oil. In this article, I will be showing you some healthy oils that are used for cooking and their health benefits. 

1. Olive oil.

Olive oil is regarded as one of the healthiest types of oil because of its natural mode of extraction. They are widely used in churches as anointing oils. However, olive oil is also edible as they're rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. The only downside to olive oil is that they're expensive.

2. Palm oil.

This is the most popular type of oil in Nigeria. Palm oil is widely used in the preparation of many local delicacies like jollof rice, soups, porridge yam and others. Palm oil is also notable for its rich vitamin E and antioxidant content, thus making it very good for the body.

3. Coconut oil.

This oil is very beneficial for the skin and hair. Just like the name sounds, coconut oil is derived from the wick, meat, and milk of the coconut fruit. Research has shown that coconut oil may encourage weight loss and improve metabolism. You can purchase coconut oil in malls and supermarkets across the country.

4. Avocado oil.

Avocado oil is filled with antioxidants and healthy fats. Consuming it regularly tends to have positive effects on the heart, thanks to its high oleic acid content. This is one of the best oils for cooking because it doesn't have much flavor, and it offers a great taste in food.

5. Groundnut oil.

This oil is widely used for cooking, frying, or baking in this part of the world. Groundnut oil is notable for its high monounsaturated fatty acid content. However, it's advisable to consume unrefined groundnut oil because refined ones are not healthy.

6. Flaxseed oil.

Flaxseed oil does not have a good taste, but research has shown that it's good for the digestive system. It also helps to relieve constipation. This is why you should consume it regularly.

7. Walnut oil.

This oil is very high in omega-3 fatty acids content, which is very beneficial for the body. They're also rich in calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium. However, you're advised to avoid cooking walnut oil at high temperature because it tastes slightly bitter when cooked.

8. Grape seed oil.

Grape seed oil is widely used for the production of hair and skincare products, but it can also be used for cooking, thanks to its medicinal properties. However, you should avoid consuming it in excess because its high omega-6s content can trigger inflammation and cause weight gain.

9. Vegetable oil.

This is the type of oil that is extracted from plant materials. Vegetable oil is good for the body when consumed in moderation, as they help to provide energy and reduce the risk of heart disease.

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