I don't know about the healthiness of canola oil, but I avoid it because it's so darned tasteless... Even when buying potato chips (gasp!), I will only buy brands that are 1) on sale and 2) use peanut oil or sunflower seed oil or safflower oil or corn oil. Makes a huge difference in taste. Oddly enough, it's the major, heavily advertized brands of potato chips that keep shifting to canola oil and soybean oil or blends (the list of OR oils so you have no idea what's in the chip). I assume canola is used because people assume it's healthy. In my local grocery store, it's the cheapie house brand that uses the good oils (and I can tell from the taste) so it can't just be about cost.
And as some others have said - coconut oil is so good! I use it instead of dairy butter most of the time. I also use coconut oil or coconut butter in my "sinus tea" for sinus infections: 1 tbsp coconut oil or coconut oil or a blend of both, plus 1 tbsp honey, plus 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Actually, I'm not into eating it as a "tea" (in warm water) and so eat it as a tasty paste with water on the side. All the ingredients have a medicinal purpose for such infections. Can't verify the efficacy, since I do a lot of other things for sinus infections that might explain why I toned down the last one in record-breaking time, but it sure tastes good! I've heard that 1 tsp of cinnamon per day also has a beneficial effect on blood sugar (verifiable by diabetics who monitor).
- 4/23/2012 5:45:09 PM