OK, LEVEL WITH ME. WHAT’S REALLY THE HEALTHIEST COOKING OIL?
Oils are similar in terms of energy – about 500kj per tablespoon – but each one packs unique perks, says dietitian Keri Glassman:
This health hero can help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce inflammation. Extra virgin olive oil is higher in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories than the regular version – win!
It’s high in vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, antioxidants that can protect against free-radical damage.
One tablespoon has about 14 grams of fat, 13 of which are saturated. But some of that “bad” fat is a type called lauric acid, which can help boost immunity and kill bad bacteria. Not so bad after all – just don’t make it a daily thing.
High in vitamin E and a boon for your oral health: the oil has even been shown to help prevent periodontal disease.