There s evidence pointing the direction that it the animal fats causing our epidemic levels of heart disease, but vegetable oils. Research is showing that butter consumption at the turn of the century was about 18 lbs per person per year and the use of vegetable oils was non-existent. Cancer and heart disease were rare. Today butter consumption is just above 4 lbs per person per year while the use of vegetable oils and refined oils has soared.
what are refined oils and which ones should you avoid
Definition: An oil has been refined by using chemicals that are harmful to us. In short, it means to purity, But the meaning of purifying has many definitions. It may mean the oil was treated with acid or purified with an alkali, or bleached. It can also be neutralized, filtered or deodorized. All of which require chemicals.
In the processes of making and refining these types of oils, it leads of PUFas ( polyunsaturated fatty acids ) which do not hold up well to high heats, In the process of being extracted from the seed these oils oxidize and turn into trans fats. The smell s so rancid that a cleaning process has to take place using bleach to deodorize it.
Avoid Hydrogenated oils (Crisco and margarine)
This is one of the most dangerous products on the market today! It has actually been BANNED in European countries, but not ours.
Hydrogenated oil is made by forcing hydrogen gas into the oil as high pressure. The more solid th oil is the more hydrogenated, such margarine and Crisco or lard. When hydrogenated oils are made the healthy fats are converted into a new type of fat, known as trans fat.
So which oils are safe for us?
Olive oil - this can be tricky because it is also blended using refined, virgin and extra virgin olive oils.
The Bottom Line:
try to avoid and refined oils. They are cheap. They are processed and they are downright dangerous to your health.
Make a choice to choose healthy olive oils. Learn about them. Find a store that specializes just in oils. There are so many varieties and flavors.