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4 Health Risks Of Using Vegetable Oil To Cook. See 4 Healthier Alternatives To Use

Vegetable oils are one of the most consumed cooking oils in the world and they are often employed in the preparation of many popular foods and food items. As their name implies, vegetable oils are oils extracted from the seeds or other parts of a plant, and they are usually composed of triglycerides. In addition to their utilisation as a cooking oil and for baking, vegetable oils are also found in many of the processed foods around us such as margarine, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and cookies.

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However, in recent times, many of the vegetable oils we use to cook have become refined, as they are extracted from plants, purified, refined, and even sometimes altered chemically. With the synthesis of many of the popular vegetable oils using chemicals, many of the vegetable oils have pose threats to the overall long term health of their consumers and is increasingly becoming important to consume oils produced by crushing or pressing plants or seeds.

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The negative health effects of vegetable oils depend on the plant they are extracted from, how they are processed, and the fatty acids they contain. But be that as it may, some of the associated health risks linked to the consumption of vegetable oils include:

1. The unsaturated fats found in vegetable oils often oxidise when heated, which can make them harm the tissues in the body.

2. When vegetable oils become oxidised due to heating, they can also trigger inflammation in several parts of the body.

3. They also cause plaque formation in blood vessels, thus leading to a heart attack.

4. The trans fats in vegetable oils also contribute to poor brain health and may lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Instead of using some of the popular vegetable oils around us to cook, there are other healthier alternatives you can choose from that will help your health in the short and long run. Four (4) healthier alternatives to vegetable oils include:

1. Coconut Oil

It is extracted from coconut meat and while it also contains saturated fats, the fats are generally healthier and it contains lauric acid, a saturated fat linked to improved “good” cholesterol levels.

2. Olive Oil

If you're not cooking a meal that requires high heat, then olive oil is the cooking oil for you as it contains monounsaturated fats, which helps to lower the risk of heart disease and regulate blood sugar.

3. Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is made from pressed avocado pulp and contains antioxidants, carotenoids (for good vision and reduced risk of some cancers), and oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat.

4. Peanut Oil

If you don't have a peanut allergy and don't consume a lot of processed foods or foods with omega-6 fatty acids, peanut oil is another healthy alternative that you should consider as they contain vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats.

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