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5 Healthy Cooking Oils to Add to Your Pantry
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5 Healthy Cooking Oils to Add to Your Pantry

Must-have oils for every health-conscious cook. 


Do you love to cook healthy foods? If you do, you might already be well-versed in the common varieties of healthy cooking oils, like olive oil, but how far have you ventured into other oils? We’re exploring 5 healthy oils for cooking that might be perfect additions to your pantry. 

1| Avocado 
Love avocados? There’s another way to incorporate this wonder fruit into your diet—in the form of avocado oil. We favor avocado oil because it’s known to be rich in carotenoids, famous anti-carcinogens, as well as lutein, which can benefit eye health. 

2| Peanut 
Peanut oil offers a high smoke point (around 320° F) and a light, pleasant, nutty flavor. You’ll also love the science behind peanut oil: it’s naturally trans fat-free, low in saturated fats, and contains phytosterols, plant fats that are known to lower cholesterol. 

3 | Sesame 
Stir-fry fans, listen up! The sesame oil that’s integral to your beloved Asian cuisine is actually really good for you. This healthy cooking oil is pressed from tiny sesame seeds making it antioxidant rich and linked to lower blood pressure. Use it in stir-fried dishes and sauces. 

4 | Walnut 

Walnut oil is perhaps the least known of our healthy oils for cooking, but it’s a great choice for those looking to add more omega-3s to their diet. Like all nut oils, walnut oil has a relatively short shelf life, so keep a small bottle on hand for use in baked goods. 

5 | Grapeseed 
The king of healthy oils? We bow down to grapeseed oil. It’s almost flavorless, high in polyunsaturated fats and vitamin E, and has a very high smoke point (420° F). Use it on the grill, when roasting veggies in the oven, or as a solid base for your lightest salad dressings. 

When you’re ready to start cooking healthier with one of these 5 healthy cooking oils in hand, make sure you have a piece of quality stainless cookware in the other. Shop for stainless steel pots and pans at

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