Do you know what are the best fats to cook with? It is very important that the fat you use has a very high "smoking point". The smoking point is the point at which the fat turns rancid. The higher the smoking point, the better. When you heat a fat, that has a low smoking point, it turns into trans-fats. I don't know about you but I don't want trans-fats making up the fat around my cells.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the fats that we cook with beginning with the three worst fats to use for cooking. I am sure that the first one is no surprise and that is margarine. The second one is extra virgin olive oil. This, frankly, was a surprise to me, when I first read it. But it turns out that as it's from the first press of the olives, it's "smoking point" is extremely low. It is best used in salads. The third fat is vegetable oils. Besides being highly processed, they are also high in omega 6 fats, which most people already have enough of. This is significant to know because too much omega 6 in the cell membrane creates inflammation. Research has shown that chronic inflammation is linked to many diseases, such as heart disease and cancer for example.
So what are the best fats to cook with? Coconut oil is, in my opinion, the best fat to cook with because it has a very high smoking point. "Pure" olive oil is second best, if you don't like the flavour of the coconut oil, which my husband doesn't particularly care for. Pure olive oil has a medium to high smoking point. As it is from the 3rd and sometimes 4th press, it is a much more stable fat and doesn't break down as fast or easy as extra virgin olive oil. Be sure to keep the cooking temperature at a medium range. The third best fat is organic butter which has a medium smoking point. If the butter is from grassfed cows, you get a lot of healthy omega 3's as well as an essential fat called CLA. All three of these cooking fats support healthy cells.
The above information has been gleaned from books and articles that I have read on my journey to good health.