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Disease Alert: The Oils You SHOULD and SHOULD NOT Have in Your Pantry

The oils and fats you consume is an important choice because very few of them prevent disease, while most actually promote disease. 

The worst oils to consume are those that have very high amounts of omega-6 fats and very little or no omega-3 fats.  Omega-6 fats cause systemic inflammation while omega-3 fats prevent inflammation.  Trans fats (hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils) are another fat you should avoid altogether because they can cause extreme inflammation.

Here is a list of the oils you SHOULD NOT have in your pantry: 

  • Corn, Soybean, and Canola Oils (All three are genetically modified and contain excessive amounts of the toxic herbicide, Roundup)
  • Safflower, Sunflower and Cottonseed Oils (Common in chips, roasted nuts and other snacks) 
  • Peanut Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Vegetable Shortening (Crisco) or “Buttery Spreads” (Country Crock, etc.) (These are trans fats and contain the previously mentioned oils)

Here is a list of the oils you SHOULD have in your pantry:

  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Walnut Oil
  • Flaxseed Oil

Here are two dairy fats that are acceptable options:

  • Butter from grass-fed cows
  • Ghee (clarified butter) from grass-fed cows is a better choice in this category

These are the most common oils but it is not a complete list.  For a more thorough list of oils and their pros and cons, click here.