In the video above on my YouTube Channel I discuss why you should eat saturated fatty acids, or cooking oils that are solid at room temperature such as butter and coconut oil. If you want to learn the science behind why these are the optimal choices make sure to watch the video above. However, in this blog post I am going to elaborate on why this seemingly innocuous decision can have such deleterious effects on your health and well-being.
The negative effects of cooking with sub-optimal cooking oil, such as unsaturated fatty acids or cooking oils that are liquid at room temperature such as canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil etc. once may be quite minimal. However, since cooking is something you either do yourself or pay a restaurant to do every day, these small hits on your health add up.
That is why I recommend you minimize eating out as much as possible. Even if you go to a restaurant and choose the healthiest options, there is a 99.9% chance it was cooked with the cheapest cooking oil possible such as canola oil, which should be avoided like the plague! Canola oil and many other vegetable oils have high levels of the pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids and relatively low levels of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Further, when they are heated during the cooking process cancer causing molecules and molecules that deposit in your arteries are created.
Why would even the restaurants and food chains supposedly dedicated to 'healthy eating', such as Whole Foods and Freshii, use canola oil even though its use can negate the health benefits of the meal you are eating? It is infinitely cheaper than using high quality oils such as butter and coconut oil. It is quite unfortunate that these food providers do not raise the bar and use cooking oils that nourish your body. Instead they focus on buzz words such as non-GMO, gluten free, etc. which provide practically no value for the the vast majority of people but instead warrant a radical price hike. I have a dream that one day grocers and restaurants that purport to serve healthy meals, prioritize the cooking oil they use as it has such an important but understated role in the process of preparing food that nourishes your body.
If you want to expedite this process, ask your local restaurant what cooking oil they use. The majority of the time you will most likely be disappointed, but you may be surprised by a cutting edge restaurant that is prioritizing the quality of the cooking oil they are using. Remember every dollar you spend on food is casting a vote about what you support. So aim to minimize your eating out as much as possible, use cooking oils that support your well being when cooking at home, and when eating out support restaurants that use high quality cooking oils.
- Your cooking oil should be solid at room temperature
-Almost all restaurants use cheap and 'toxic' cooking oils, so minimize how much you eat out, unless they use high quality cooking oils.
- Every dollar you spend is casting a vote on what you think is important. Don't fret over every dollar you spend but be aware of what your spending habits in general are dictating is important.
If you can’t sustain it, it’s not worth it.
I am a medical student who is obsessed with the Be Activated Muscle Activation Technique, mastering movement and understanding what makes humans thrive.