Sunflower oil is often regarded as a healthy option, but let’s take a closer look……
Sunflower oil (not to mention Canola, Soybean, Corn and Safflower oil) is processed, so it’s not an organic healthy oil. Refined oils possess a much higher trans-fat content, and when you are talking about fats, trans is bad!
Good and Bad Fats…
The Bad Fats
Not all fats are bad, quite a few are completely essential for good health. Bad fats are trans fats and vegetable fats – these are typically the ones you want to keep away from.
Bad fats (trans and vegetable) increase our risk of obesity, cancer and coronary disease.
Bad, bad and also very bad.
(I believe that we can probably add the ‘very’ to all three bads!)
So just why are these kind of fats so bad?
Because they are not natural. These fats are actually vegetable oils which have passed through an artificial process that makes use of high pressured hydrogen and a number of chemical compounds to convert them from oils into fats.
Vegetable oils are not good for the body. They can cause significant harm to your internal organs, particularly the lung tissue and reproductive process. Alarming stuff!
One study even claims that vegetable oils release harmful cancer-causing chemicals.
Some other research has shown that a diet that is high in vegetable oils may result in toxicity of the liver, decreased immune system and even learning disabilities! All bad. Very very bad.
Now for some good news…
The Good Fats
Contrary to popular belief, saturated fats and cholesterol are in actuality good fats, and our bodies need them in order to function effectively.
What’s the answer? Stay away from using vegetable oils, like soybean, canola, sunflower, corn and safflower and as an alternative go with natural oils, like coconut and krill.
Healthy oils may very well cost extra in the short term, but think of the big picture. Isn’t your long term wellbeing worth investing a few extra cash? Besides, treatment options for all those scary health concerns resulting from bad fats have a substantial price tag too!
Additional benefits of Coconut oil
As well as being an ideal alternative to trans fats in cooking, coconut oil is also a super food that has some impressive health benefits and healing qualities.
- Potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial components that can reduce an assortment of infections from the flu to candidiasis thanks to the lauric and caprylic acid content
- Shown to develop cognitive function
- Composed of over 60% MCT oil, which provides a quick burst of energy, increases metabolic function and doesn’t get stored as fat!