The Difference Between Healthy Fats

The Difference Between Healthy Fats

When you walk through the grocery store isles, shelves are now stocked with more than just olive oil. Women’s Health Magazine put out a great article in their October issue which explains the differences between coconut oil, walnut oil, sesame oil, and avocado oil. We may find ourselves wondering which oil to use and why, but never be afraid to incorporate all of these into your daily routine. All four oils are hot on the market right now and each have their own unique benefits. Here’s what Women’s Health has to say about these healthy fats:

Coconut Oil – Coconut oil’s star power comes from lauric acid and medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs. The medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil show the most promise, with some studies indicating they could possibly balance cholesterol, improve digestion, and even reduce belly fat. Some doctors believe that the lauric acid found in coconut oil makes for an effective oral rinse or topical antimicrobial application. I personally love using coconut oil in all my dishes in a 1:1 swap for any recipe. The flavor is absolutely delicious – I promise you won’t be disappointed! Try this recipe for Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cookies this Holiday season.

Walnut Oil – Walnut oil is said to be the new fish oil, packed with omega-3 fatty acids. Alpha linolenic acid, which is found in walnut oil, serves as a building block for the healthy fats that help regulate your immune and nervous system. Studies have also shows that walnut oil may help reduce stress levels and blood pressure.

Avocado Oil – Avocado oil is packed with anti-inflammatory mono-saturated fatty acids, MUFA’s, which help protect your skin from the inside out by fighting free radicals. If consumed on a regular basis, avocado oil it can also act as a tiny dose of natural ibuprofen, though research shows it only works for acute joint pain when added in with a soybean oil supplement.

Sesame Oil – Sesame oil has unique antioxidants, coupled with compounds called lignans, that may help control blood sugar as well as lowering “bad” or LDL cholesterol. You can also use sesame oil for “oil pulling,” the same you do with coconut oil, by swishing the oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes to potentially help fight plaque buildup.

Have you tried any of these healthy fats? If so, which one is your favorite?


*Information on these oils was gathered from the October issue of Women’s Health Magazine, page 88.

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