Is oil good for you? As part of a healthy lifestyle, here at Dr. Sebi’s Cell Food, we suggest you cook most of your meals at home, so you can know what’s exactly in your food and make sure that whatever it is, it appears on the Nutritional Guide of recommended foods. When it comes to cooking, you have plenty of options of oils you can use, so which one is best?
It all depends on the kind of cooking you’re doing, the flavors you prefer, and the nutrients you’re seeking. Here, we break down the oils recommended on Dr. Sebi’s Nutritional Guide and give you some tips so you can make the most out of them!
Olive Oil. Chefs around the world will agree: olive oil is one of the most versatile and healthiest oils you could have at your table. Olive oil contains a large number of monounsaturated fats and some polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are linked to better heart health. Just remember – it’s not a good idea to cook with it. One great way to use it is as a salad dressing: just combine it with key lime juice, some sea salt, and cayenne pepper, and it will take your greens to a whole new level of flavor! Need ideas? Try the Avocado Pasta Salad, you’ll love it!
Coconut Oil. Coconut oil has been lately touted as a “magical superfood”, and we agree, it is full of nutrition and has a great flavor. However, as with most oils and fatty foods, moderation is key. Coconut oil is not great for cooking either, but it’s mild, sweet flavor, makes it great for raw desserts or to give your smoothies a creamy texture. This Healthy “Caramel” Apples are a prime example – just remember to let the coconut oil “melt” at room temperature for all of the recipes that require it.
Grapeseed Oil. As the name implies, this oil is pressed from the seeds of grapes, and it has a moderately high smoke point of approximately 216 °C (421 °F), which makes it great for cooking. Due to its clean, light taste, it’s great for baked goods, pancakes, and waffles, just like this 5-Ingredient Alkaline Pancakes!
Sesame Oil. This oil contains both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, though it’s not especially high in other nutrients. It has a very potent flavor that goes great with Asian-inspired dishes such as salads and raw noodles, like this Asian Wakame Salad. Just remember, it is very strong, so a little goes a LONG way!
Hempseed Oil. Hempseed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. Cold-pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark to clear light green in color, with a nutty flavor. The darker the color, the grassier the flavor. Hempseed oil is also great as a skin and hair moisturizer- Studies have indicated that hemp seed oil can dramatically decrease skin dryness to alleviate itching and irritation. Moreover, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may protect against the aging process while soothing the skin.
Avocado Oil. Avocado oil is another great choice for cooking. It doesn’t have much flavor, so it won’t overpower any recipe, but it will give all your dishes a creamy, soothing after taste. Avocado oil contains both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. One amazing way to use it? Try Dr. Sebi’s Avocado Hummus.