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HealthyHabits - what Oils & Fats do you use in your kitchen?

colorado_momcolorado_mom 9260 replies83 threads Senior Member
For those of you trying to eat healthier, what kinds of oils and fats are you using for cooking and other/cold uses like salad dressings? If you have reference info/links, that would be great too.
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  • sabaraysabaray 7183 replies80 threads Senior Member
    The usual suspects - olive oil (several varieties), coconut oil, avocado oil. I like eggs cooked with ghee. Walnut oil, sesame oil, hazelnut oil for dressings. Grape seed oil as a neutral option. I really like California Olive Ranch products. No canola, vegetable, corn or peanut oil.
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  • HImomHImom 35152 replies396 threads Senior Member
    I have macadamia nut oil, some peanut oil as well. Not sure it I have any other oil.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8819 replies85 threads Senior Member
    Extra virgin olive oil here, exclusively.
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  • HImomHImom 35152 replies396 threads Senior Member
    Yes, I only use butter, no margarines or other substitutes.
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  • emilybeeemilybee 13242 replies35 threads Senior Member
    EVOO and butter (dependent on what I’m cooking.)

    For salad it’s always the same EVOO and balsamic vinegar.
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  • surfcitysurfcity 2602 replies60 threads Senior Member
    Mostly extra virgin olive oil, or regular olive oil if flavor is an issue.
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9260 replies83 threads Senior Member
    We also use olive oil a lot. Recently a nutritionist warned about not having the temp too high with it on cooking (she advises only using olive oil for salads). Not sure I agree on that, which prompted the thread.
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 39805 replies472 threads Senior Member
    edited January 25
    Avocado oil for cooking, EVOO for dishes without thermal treatment. Oils with high content of polyunsaturated fats are not good for frying. There is that oil called Calyno that is supposed to be extra good for high temps, but it is only available to food services. I would like to try it... I do not do deep frying because I hate to throw out deep frying oil after one use.
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  • abasketabasket 20241 replies893 threads Senior Member
    Largely olive oil (or a flavored olive oil like garlic) though I have canola on hand, I have coconut oil and always unsalted butter.

    I would like to try avocado oil. What are the benefits and what are it's limitations?
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  • SybyllaSybylla 4370 replies56 threads Senior Member
    Meh, the more I hear, the more I see there are no healthy options, all industrially sourced fats and oils have their problems, being fats. It is what it is.
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 39805 replies472 threads Senior Member
    Avocado oil is better for frying because it is more stable at high temperatures:

    https://chosenfoods.com/blogs/central/avocado-oil-as-a-high-heat-cooking-oil
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  • sabaraysabaray 7183 replies80 threads Senior Member
    I forgot butter. Vermont Creamery makes a cultured butter with sea salt that is delicious.

    I thought this article did a good job explaining various oils and their best purposes: https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/types-of-cooking-oil
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  • CreeklandCreekland 5892 replies90 threads Senior Member
    We use avocado oil for anything cooking related - mostly stir fries or basic frying (like eggs) TBH.

    We use olive oil or pure butter for on bread.

    Nothing else.

    We chose avocado due to various articles showing a high smoke point advantage and then the general known health benefits of avocados. I also buy it for my budget challenged young adults because it's definitely expensive. We've just decided some things are worth it. We only buy organic greens (spinach, etc) now too. That's based upon one large cancer study in France that Nutrition Action reported (so still rather shaky scientifically), but gave me enough pause to feel it's worth it. Sometimes we can't wait for conclusive evidence.
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  • momo2x2018momo2x2018 946 replies52 threads Member
    Olive Oil or Butter
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  • kelsmomkelsmom 15802 replies99 threads Senior Member
    Olive oil for most things, and avocado oil for high temps (like in the wok). I sometimes use a little butter (never margarine).

    I still use canola oil for baking, like in brownies or cake.
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  • makemesmartmakemesmart 1753 replies14 threads Senior Member
    High quality organic evoo for salad, rotating among regular organic EVOO with avocado oil, lard for cooking.
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  • dentmom4dentmom4 1437 replies4 threads Senior Member
    Olive, canola, coconut. Just depends on what I’m making.
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  • makemesmartmakemesmart 1753 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Also use organic coconut oil for mainly baking
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  • Midwest67Midwest67 3393 replies13 threads Senior Member
    Kerrigold butter. Olive oil & coconut oil — usually from Trader Joe’s.

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