While fat has often received negative press in the past (and has been the focus of many diets) some fat is actually needed for good health long term. Fat provides our bodies with energy, insulates our organs, allows cells to maintain their structure, and helps us absorb protective nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, and K.
You might already know that nourishing fats can be found in whole food sources like nuts, seeds, olives, avocados, and even oily fish like salmon. When it comes to cooking oils, however, knowing what to choose is not always as clear. If this is a question you've struggled with, allow us to suggest olive and canola oil as two good ones to consider.
Why? Research has shown that diets rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fats are associated with good long term health. For this reason, it’s prudent to choose oils that are comprised mainly of these fatty acids. Olive and canola oil are rich in monounsaturated fats and fit the bill nicely. When it comes to polyunsaturated fats, you're probably already getting enough. Soy oil, which is high in this type of fat, is used in most restaurant meals and prepared foods so most of consume a little bit every day.