Triple Threat: Coconut Oil vs Olive Oil vs Walnut Oil
With countless new research showing that vegetable oils are loaded with highly toxic trans fats linked to cancer, heart disease, obesity and serious other disease, it’s no surprise that people are looking for a far healthier alternative to fry, bake, roast and glaze their favourite foods.
Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Walnut Oil – the three oils at the top of the healthy oil food chain will go head-to-head to finally see which one comes out on top.
Virgin Coconut Oil
The last few years has seen all corners of the world rave on about extreme health benefits of the latest superfood – virgin Coconut Oil. So what makes Coconut Oil one of the front-runners in the healthiest cooking oil race?
Because it’s mainly a saturated fat, Coconut Oil is able to withstand temperatures higher than other rivaling oils. Eating too much saturated fat does have its downfalls however and this should be taken into consideration when consuming Coconut Oil.
Nevertheless, its heart-friendly fatty acids are known to boost the immune system simultaneously with releasing its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties into your body, both preventing and curing infections and disease.
Cocan Virgin Coconut Oil are just one of the many brands supporting the miracle foods cooking movement, promoting scientific studies that show cooking with the oil also significantly speeds up metabolism and reduces appetite in the process.
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Olive Oil has been the standard supermarket healthy oil alternative for years and rightfully so. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which has been linked to longer life expectancies and lower risk of heart disease.
Being the main source of dietary fat in Mediterranean counties has proven its benefits. Countries in the Mediterranean region have far less cases of high blood pressure and stroke in comparison the North Americans and North Europeans and this has often been put down to Olive Oil.
With the pros however, come the cons.
Although previously stated as being a good thing, recent studies have found that monounsaturated fats in foods and in particular Olive Oil have often been proven to put a squeeze on blood flow while elevating blood fat levels.
Walnut Oil, a relatively ‘underground’ choice in this ‘Triple Threat’ matchup but nevertheless, it’s rightfully earned its place here.
Packed with a whole host of omega fatty acids, cooking with Walnut Oil has been proven to improve blood circulation, maintain hormone levels and cut inflammation.
Not only this, but its rich vitamin properties improve the quality and texture of the skin and strengthens the bones for added benefit.
The downfall of Walnut Oil is its lack of versatility in the cooking department. Unlike its competition – Coconut Oil and Olive Oil, high
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By Mike Valverde