Healthy Cooking Oils Boston MA

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Harvest Co-op Markets
(617) 661-1580
581 Massachusetts Ave (Central Square)
Cambridge, MA
 
Harvest Co-op Markets
(617) 524-1667
57 South St.
Jamaica Plain, MA
 
Whole Foods Market
(617) 389-3519
9 Commercial St
Everett, MA
 
City Feed and Supply
(617) 524-1700
627 Centre st
Jamaica Plain, MA
 
Green Street Natural Food
(781) 662-7741
164 Green St
Melrose, MA
 
Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe
(617) 308-8235
765 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
 
Cambridge Naturals
(617) 492-4452
23 White St.
Cambridge, MA
 
Whole Foods Market
(781) 444-0700
125 Cambridge Park Dr Ste 30
Cambridge, MA
 
Whole Foods Market
(617) 965-2070
647 Washington St
Newton, MA
 
Good Health Natural Foods Inc.
(617) 773-4925
1627 Hancock St.
Quincy, MA
 

Health Matters�Ode to Oils

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By Lisa Turner

You know by now which oils are the healthiest choices. But did you know that each of these has a slightly different use? For example, while canola oil and olive oil are both healthy cooking oils, canola oil has a higher smoke point—the temperature at which heated oils begin to emit smoke and impart an acrid flavor and aroma to foods—than olive oil, so it’s best used for frying; olive oil has a lower smoke point, so it’s best used for dressings, or added after cooking. In general, refined oils have a higher smoke point. Unrefined oils retain all of their natural flavor, color, and aroma.

OIL: Olive

FLAVOR AND COLOR: Ranges from pale yellow with a mild flavor to deep greenish-gold with an intense olive fragrance and taste

USES: Use for sautéing at medium heat; don’t use for frying or high-heat cooking. Use “extra virgin” grades for sauces and salad dressings, and as finishing oils.

HEALTH BENEFITS: High in monounsaturated fats; can lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels while raising beneficial HDL levels.

OIL: Canola

FLAVOR AND COLOR: Mild, neutral flavor and pale color

USES: Use for sautéing and baking; for frying, use high-oleic varieties, which have the highest smoke point. Not ideal for salad dressings or sauces.

HEALTH BENEFITS: High in monounsaturated fats and rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid that may reduce the risk of heart disease.

OIL: Coconut

FLAVOR AND COLOR: Full, slightly nutty flavor; white when refrigerated, clear at room temperature

USES: Use for sautéing, making sauces, and replacing butter in baking; don’t use for frying or high-heat cooking

HEALTH BENEFITS: Although it’s high in saturated fats, coconut oil may reduce total and harmful LDL cholesterol levels, while increasing beneficial HDL levels.

OIL: Red palm

FLAVOR AND COLOR:Orange-red in color with a rich, distinctive flavor

USES:Use for high-heat sautéing and frying, and as “shortening” in baking. Not the best oil for dressings or sauces.

HEALTH BENEFITS:High in antioxidant carotenoids and tocopherols, red palm oil may lower total cholesterol while increasing HDL levels.

OIL: Walnut

FLAVOR AND COLOR:Nutty and rich with a slightly bittersweet finish

USES: Use in salad dressings, in baked goods and sauces, and as a finishing oil; not for high-heat cooking and frying

HEALTH BENEFITS: High in polyunsaturated fats and ALA, walnut oil has a heart-protective effect.

Author: Lisa Turner

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