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What’s the best oil for cooking and baking?

Canola and olive oils are two great oils for cooking and baking. Compared with vegetable oils, these oils have far more monounsaturated fat (good fat) and very low quantities of saturated fat (bad fat). These oils are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your brain, heart and blood circulation.

Even though these oils are better for you and easy to cook with, remember they still have calories. Instead of regular olive oil, try extra virgin olive oil — it has the same amount of calories and great nutrients, but stronger aromas, so you can use less of it and still be satisfied.

Peanut oils are great to cook with, but avoid if you have peanut allergies. Soybean, safflower and sunflower oils can all be used for cooking and making healthier salad dressings.

Avoid palm and coconut oils — they have much higher quantities of saturated fat.

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