MOST HEALTHY The healthiest oils are rich in these healthy fats
Polyunsaturated: It’s time to make polyunsaturated fats, like those in grapeseed and walnut oils, staples. Many scientists consider them the healthiest of all because they contain omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, increase “good” HDL cholesterol, and may decrease risk for type 2 diabetes.
Monounsaturated: Round out the list with fats like avocado and olive oils, which may boost good cholesterol.
All fats have about 120 calories per tablespoon, so moderation matters (fats should make up 25 to 35 percent of total caloric intake). But oil’s nothing to fear, so get cooking with these three favorites.
1. Grapeseed Oil
High in polyunsaturated fats and vitamin E, grapeseed oil has a high smoke point, which makes it a good substitute for olive or vegetable oils when stir-frying and sauteing. And because it’s virtually flavorless, it lets top-notch ingredients stand out (like the balsamic vinegar you lugged back from Italy).
2. Olive Oil
Extra-virgin olive oil: Olive oil is the healthiest oil you can buy, as it contains the highest monounsaturate content. Extra-virgin is the oil that results from the first cold pressing of the olives. Being the purest olive oil, it’s also the most expensive.