Here’s an alphabetical list of common cooking oils that contain more better-for-you, less saturated fats:
Blends or combinations of these oils, often sold under the name vegetable oil, and cooking sprays made from these oils are also good choices. Some specialty oils like avocado, grapeseed, rice bran and sesame, can be healthy choices but may cost a bit more or be harder to find.
Sunflower oil is a mixture of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs, PUFAs). It has a high smoking point, which means that sunflower oil holds onto its nutritional content at higher temperatures.
People with diabetes may need to be careful about sunflower oil as it could lead to augmented sugar levels.
Tends to raise HDL (good) cholesterol and behaves very well at high temperatures.
Studies suggest that diets high in coconut oil do raise total blood cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
It is a healthy combination of fats, containing MUFAs and PUFAs. It is low in bad saturated fats. It is a good all-purpose oil for cooking.
Olive Oil / Extra Virgin Olive Oil
It is rich in MUFAs, which help lower the risk of heart disease and breast cancer. It is full of antioxidants as well as polyphenols, that are both considered good for heart health.
It is typically expensive.
Rice Bran Oil
Outer layer of the rice grain
Apparently, rice bran oil contains a chemical called oryzanol, which is good for cholesterol. It is high in MUFAs and has a fair amount of PUFAs too. Since it has a high smoking point, it works well for deep frying.
Its taste may not blend with traditional Indian cooking.
It is very high in vitamin E and is relatively stable while exposed to high temperatures. It works as a good skin moisturiser.
It is expensive and not easily available.
To make sure that your fats and oils don’t go rancid, it is important to keep a few things in mind.