The 9 Best Oils for Cooking and a List of the Worst Oils You Could Use

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Americans today have perhaps one of the widest ranges of choices when it comes to cooking oils than anywhere else on Earth. There are so many different types, colors, flavors, and origins that it can be hard for the average consumer to figure out which oils are healthy and which oils should be avoided.

Perhaps one of the most important things to consider when choosing an oil is not only is it safe and nutritious to consume in its natural, unprocessed state, but will it remain so after it has been heated? Some oils simply cannot stand up to high temperatures and they break down quickly. Other oils turn rancid rather quickly, and still others actually produce cancer causing free radicals when the oil is heated to a certain temperature.

Oils that are high in saturated and monounsaturated fats tend to be both the most nutritious oils as well as the most resistant to heat. This makes these oils the best choice for cooking. Other oils are very nutritious, but since they break down when heated, they should only be used for cold dishes such as salad dressings or dips.

If you are tired of scanning through the hundreds of bottles of oil at your supermarket and wondering what the heck the difference is and which you should buy, this list is for you! We have compiled a list of the 9 best oils for cooking and other culinary uses, as well as a list of the worst possible oils that you should avoid at all costs!

Keep reading so that the next time you walk into your supermarket, you can confidently walk to the oil aisle and choose the absolute best oil for you and your family with complete confidence!


1.  Coconut Oil

The clear winner in this contest is coconut oil. With more than 90 percent of its fatty acids being saturated fats, this makes coconut oil super heat resistant. Although this oil is semi-solid at average room temperatures, it turns liquid at the slightest touch. Coconut oil can literally sit for years in a sealed container and never go rancid.

This oil also has incredibly powerful health benefits. It is rich in lauric acid, which can help to kill bacteria, various types of pathogens, and can lower cholesterol levels in the body. Coconut oil also temporarily raises the body’s metabolism, which can help you to lose weight, especially around your middle. Many people also report that coconut oil makes them feel fuller for longer periods of time, so they eat less at other meals.

To get the most health benefits possible, always choose virgin coconut oil. It tastes great, smells great, can be used in the kitchen and bath (it’s perfect for skin, teeth, and hair as well) and is overflowing with healthy compounds that will benefit everyone in your family.

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  • Marge Mullen

    Animal fats? Are you serious??? Also you need a proof reader!!