03/02/2015 03:34 EST | Updated 03/02/2015 03:59 EST

How To Choose The Right Cooking Oil For A Healthy Meal

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Monounsaturated Fats - foods and their oils that make up healthy fats.

If you’ve taken a stroll down the oil aisle at the grocery store, you’ve probably noticed how out of control it’s become recently.

Today, there are so many options for cooking, it’s almost overwhelming. But when it comes to selecting the right oil for your dish, it’s not just about whether the oil is healthy or not, it’s also about how healthy it stays after cooking. Luckily, we’ve simplified the matter by outlining the best oils for your health and the best ways to enjoy them.

Before we get into specifics, though, let’s address the whole fat debate. The truth is, you need a little fat and oil in your diet. They provide essential fatty acids for your body and the health of your heart. Plus, they add tons of flavour to your dishes. The key is choosing the right fats to benefit your health.

As you might already know, unsaturated fats are the good fats. They help to lower levels of bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol. They generally include polyunsaturated fats, otherwise known as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, essential for heart health, and monounsaturated fats, high in vitamin E. So let's take a look at what that means for oils.


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