Monday, September 28, 2009

Are you trying to be heart smart?

I recently read some interesting facts about oils and the part they play in nutrition and heart health in our diet. Just thought I'd share because I was glad to have the info explained in simple terms....

How do you know which oil is the right one for you and your family's health needs?

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For the best heart health, you want an oil that's high in unsaturated fat and low in saturated fat....canola, olive, corn, safflower or sunflower oils.

In addition to fat content, you also need to consider flavor.  When you don't want the tast of oil to come through, go for canola - it's a mild oil that's great for baking and sauteing.  Olive oil can add a light and fruit flavor -(An added bonus - the monounsaturated fat in olive oil helps your body absorb more of the nutrients in veggies!) peanut oil, with its slightly nutty taste, is perfect for stir-frieds and Asian salads. Safflower, sunflower, soybean and corn oils give almost no flavor, and work well in baking, sauteing and in dressings.

If you're counting calories, remember to use -whatever type of oil you choose - in moderation.  All oils, even light olive oil, have about 45 calories and 5 gr of fat per teaspoon.