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Best oil to use on foods

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 31, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Hello all, I'm driving myself crazy trying to figure out what the best oil to use is, I use coconut or mct to cook, but what oil to drizzle on foods and such is the best, some I've been looking at is walnut, macadamia, avocado, olive. I have heard some things about flax I don't find appealing, so what's the best oil in your opinion in regards to omega ratios and such

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on April 01, 2013
at 03:51 PM

Pigs aren't ruminants, then again, neither are humans. We're both omnivores.

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on April 01, 2013
at 02:48 PM

@jake You sniff it and taste it :-)

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on April 01, 2013
at 02:15 AM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/is-your-olive-oil-really-olive-oil/#axzz2PAqdtLXh

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on April 01, 2013
at 01:21 AM

He might have meant unappealing in that it tastes god awful, similar to varnish.

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on April 01, 2013
at 12:36 AM

Janknitz, is there any way to tell whether the "olive" oil you buy is the genuine article?

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on April 01, 2013
at 12:23 AM

I have heard the same, pretty much that the nice high omega 3 numbers you see on the label don't equate to usable omega 3 and that your better off sticking to other oils, and also I tried switching from fish oil to flax oil during the crazy, and even though I was taking a higher amount of supposed omega 3,my hair and skin lost that nice look and feel from the fish oil, and I found other lost benefits until going back to fish oil. Thanks for the help guys, looks like olive oil most likely

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It's inefficient because DHA/EPA needs are rather low.

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on March 31, 2013
at 11:26 PM

Olive oil is probably your best bet, providing it's really olive oil (a lot of oils sold in the US turn out to not be really 100% olive oil). Walnut, macadamia, and avocado oil are probably fine in cold applications, but I'd be careful to store them to reduce the chances of oxidation.

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on April 01, 2013
at 12:36 AM

Janknitz, is there any way to tell whether the "olive" oil you buy is the genuine article?

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on April 01, 2013
at 02:48 PM

@jake You sniff it and taste it :-)

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on April 01, 2013
at 02:15 AM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/is-your-olive-oil-really-olive-oil/#axzz2PAqdtLXh

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on April 01, 2013
at 12:41 AM

Personally, on hot dishes, I use 1???2 Tb. of homemade lard from pastured pigs. The composition of lard is closest of all ruminants to human fat composition, and it tastes mild. But you can't drizzle it unless you heat it first.

The oils you mention are all fine, but be aware that walnuts are very high in inflammatory O-6 fats, which you want to limit to about 8g/day, so that you can keep your O-6:O-3 ratio at 4:1 or lower.

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on April 01, 2013
at 03:51 PM

Pigs aren't ruminants, then again, neither are humans. We're both omnivores.

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on April 01, 2013
at 03:08 PM

Use em all! Variety! Too many people get stuck to ONE thing...only coconut oil, only grass fed butter...mix it up instead, have whatever you feel like cooking/eating with at that moment

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on April 01, 2013
at 02:48 PM

Melted butter from grassfed cows

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on April 01, 2013
at 02:43 PM

Marks has a great guide on oils. You can find it at the link below.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/#axzz2PDsvBZa9

Hope it helps!

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on April 01, 2013
at 08:13 AM

The best oil is no oil. They're basically just empty calories. The safest are olive oil and macadamia nut oil though.

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on March 31, 2013
at 11:22 PM

Oils with a high monounsaturated content are good, so macadamia and olive are popular choices. The other criterion for selecting oils is omega-3 content, but you probably don't want to be drizzling fish oil on your food, unless you experience frequent disappointment that everything you eat doesn't taste like anchovies.

What have you heard about flax? I've heard people say that the conversion of ALA into EPA/DHA is almost uselessly inefficient, but that doesn't mean it's bad.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 31, 2013
at 11:40 PM

It's inefficient because DHA/EPA needs are rather low.

3779b5061057374478852107139a3eae

(10)

on April 01, 2013
at 12:23 AM

I have heard the same, pretty much that the nice high omega 3 numbers you see on the label don't equate to usable omega 3 and that your better off sticking to other oils, and also I tried switching from fish oil to flax oil during the crazy, and even though I was taking a higher amount of supposed omega 3,my hair and skin lost that nice look and feel from the fish oil, and I found other lost benefits until going back to fish oil. Thanks for the help guys, looks like olive oil most likely

8f2d9842fdfec224a425c0f77c4ee34d

(1241)

on April 01, 2013
at 01:21 AM

He might have meant unappealing in that it tastes god awful, similar to varnish.

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