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.  In this article we cover what oils you should and should not have in your pantry.

The worst oils to consume have very high amounts of omega-6 fats and very little or no omega-3 fats.  Omega-6s cause systemic inflammation while omega-3s prevent inflammation.  Trans fats (hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils) are another fat that you should avoid at all costs because of their inflammatory and cholesterol raising effects.


Oils You SHOULD NOT Have in Your Pantry: 

Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Canola Oil.  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.


Oils You SHOULD Have in Your Pantry:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Coconut Oil

Avocado Oil

Walnut Oil

Flaxseed Oil

Butter from grass-fed cows

Ghee (clarified butter) from grass-fed cows is better


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, you can check out the link below.

How to Choose the Right Cooking Oil