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What's the Deal With: Oils

What's the Deal With: Oils

There's a lot of talk these days about OIL. But do you know which oils are healthy and which ones you should avoid? Then threre's the question of how to store them - it's hard not to get confused. I'm here to set you straight.

Healthiest Oils: Flax seed, olive and canola oils. They actually reduce your bad cholesterol.

Unhealthiest Oils: Cottonseed, palm kernel, and coconut oils. They are high in saturated fat, and potentially raise your cholesterol.

You should purchase oils in small quantities so they don't spoil. Pour them into dark glass bottles (unless you bought them that way already) and store them in a cool, dark place. Unrefined oils should be refrigerated, except for olive oil which can hang in your cupboard.

Fit's Tip: Remember that oils are liquid fats. Even the "good" oils still average a whopping 120 calories per tablespoon - so use them sparingly. Pour the oil into a spoon first, then drizzle it on your salad or into your frying pan.

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