Every kitchen uses olive oil. Here is a list of 6 new healthy oils you can use in your kitchen to diversify your culinary skills.
Avocado oil is buttery and delicious. It also has many health benefits. Avocado oil has monounsaturated fat which is very heart-healthy because it can improve cholesterol numbers. It also supplies lutein, an antioxidant that helps with eye health. Ohio State University has determined that avocado oil can boost salads potency by improving the absorption of fat-soluble antioxidants such as beta-carotene present in vegetables.
Avocado oil can be used for high-heat cooking because it is considered to have the highest smoke point of any other plant oil.
Hemp oil is extremely healthy and has many essential fatty acids such as omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, which can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Hemp oil also has gamma linolenic acid, an omega 6 that can improve skin health by reducing conditions like roughness and dryness.
Hemp oil is best used for dips, pestos, and dressing as it is delicate to heat.
Hazelnut oil has a very rich flavor and provides vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that can keep your mind and hearing sharp. It is also a rich source of B vitamins, folate, and arginine.
As with hemp oil, nut oils should be stored in the refrigerator once opened. Hazelnut oil tastes great with pasta.
Almond oil has a high amount of monosaturated fat, vitamin E, and phytosterols. Almond oil can also be used as a topical skin moisturizer.
Tea Seed Oil
Tea seed oil is made by pressing the seeds of the Camellia sinensis plant—the same one that brings us green tea and Earl Grey. Instead of the astringency these teas can sometimes have, tea seed oil has a subtle lemony flavor.
Tea seed oil is very good for your heart, containing cholesterol-reducing sterols and unsaturated fatty acids.
This oil performs great at high temperatures and can be used when preparing stir-fry type dishes.
Coconut oil is a powerhouse of nutrition. It can improve blood cholesterol levels, and lower the risk of heart disease. Coconut oil is loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Tip: Always look at the labels of the oils you are buying and make sure they are organic. It is important to get cooking oil from a sustainable source.