The right cooking oil is good for your heart, brain, and metabolism and can even help you absorb more nutrients from food. While stocking up on olive oil is a great first step, it's also important to familiarize yourself with other types of oil – for flavor and health. Pay attention to the fat content, and look for an oil that won't smoke when you're cooking on high heat in a wok or frying pan. Then you can turn your attention to the various flavors that oils add to dishes. We asked Dr. Don Hensrud, a nutrition specialist with the Mayo Clinic, to walk us through the flavor, smoke point, and health benefits of a number of oils. Here are nine of the healthiest oils you can buy – and when to use them.
Sesame oil is a great source of monounsaturated fat, fatty acids, and antioxidants. In research, it has also shown promise as a remedy for high blood pressure.
Try it: Because of its distinctive taste, sesame oil is great for marinades. If you don't plan on going through your supply quickly, be sure to store your sesame oil in a dark place or in the fridge since it is more likely than many oils to go rancid.
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