Get to Know Some Alternative Oils

Posted 06/23/2015 | By HealthCorps

Most of us regularly cook with olive oil or vegetable oil. Olive oil is rich in healthy monounsaturated fat, while vegetable oil is rich in polyunsaturated fat, which also offers health benefits. Here are some other oils to consider:

Grapeseed oil is rich in polyunsaturated fat, which is associated with lower total cholesterol. It can be substituted for olive oil.  Grapeseed oil is great for salad dressing, sautéing, and also for baking.

Pumpkin seed oil has vitamins A and E, and is rich in antioxidants. This oil is fine for high heat cooking and its velvety taste makes it perfect to drizzle lightly on soups, meats, and vegetables as a garnish.

Walnut oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.  Its nutty flavor lends itself to salad dressing, as a drizzle over soups, or as a pasta toss in.

(Source: Self magazine, April 2015)

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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