The Skinny on Fat: Your Guide to the Best Cooking Oils

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The use of oil is an integral part of cooking. In addition to providing important nutrients, fats also contribute to flavor and texture to the foods we eat. Fat is also critical to the transfer of heat energy during the process for many cooking methods. However, not all fats are created equal! Here is our guide on how to choose the best oil for cooking. 

Olive Oil

Olive oil is the original “healthy fat”. It is a perfect staple to add to your pantry for cooking, dressings, and homemade mayonnaise. Olive oil is incredibly high in vitamins K and E and polyphenols, all of which are critical components in a healthy diet. It has also been found to improve heart health, lower blood pressure, and reduce bodily inflammation.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a favorite cooking fat option amongst the paleo community. Not only is it able to withstand higher cook temperatures due to its saturated fat content, it contains lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride, which is more easily digestible and absorbed by the body than other fats. We love to use coconut oil in paleo-compliant baked goods!

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil can withstand high heat, which makes it a great oil to use for roasting vegetables. Additionally, avocado oil is packed with omega-9s and omega-6s plus a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, folate, vitamin B5, and vitamin B6.

Animal Fat

From lard to suet to tallow, cooking with animal fats is a cheap and delicious option. Animal fats can make any meal taste decadent, which makes it a great choice when trying to enhance the flavor of your dish. The possibilities of cooking with animal fat are endless!


Ghee is a clarified butter, meaning butter with the milk solids removed. Removing the milk solids removes the common irritants in dairy products making it usable even for those with intolerances to conventional dairy products.


MCT oil is quite popular within both the paleo and ketogenic communities. MCT is short for medium-chain triglyceride, which describes the chemical structure of this oil. MCT oil is extremely easy for our bodies to absorb and use for energy. Since we can digest MCT oil with little effort, this oil is usually accepted as being the best choice for those who wish to maintain ketosis, the body’s metabolic state of utilizing fat as its primary energy source. Additionally, its easy absorption rate can be helpful for those who struggle with absorbing fats, such as those with an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s.

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Published on: Friday, April 21