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Can oil actually be good for you?

A little fat in the diet never hurt anyone. In fact, you need fat in order to survive. However, if you’ve ever read any health-related books, or watched any TV shows, you’ve probably heard that oil is bad for you and that you should limit the amount of oil you cook with (or banish it from the kitchen entirely). While it’s true that deep fat frying with vegetable oil isn’t the healthiest of options, it’s important to remember that some oils – in moderation, of course – could actually be very beneficial for your overall health.

Types of Oils

If you look in any health food shop or browse vitamin & supplement websites, you’ll see a whole host of oils that you may wish to consider. There are some oils that are designed to be taken in capsule form, just like a vitamin, such as evening primrose oil and peppermint oil, for example, and there are also some that you can use for cooking, and even for haircare and skincare, like coconut oil which has fast become quite a trend. Different types of oils often bring different benefits, so you may even wish to ‘mix and match’.

Benefits of Oil

There are two health benefits that a number of oils have in common. Firstly, many oils, like coconut oil, olive oil, and cod liver oil, are widely considered to have anti-inflammatory properties, which means they can work very well in managing conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Secondly, many oils are also good for joint health and keeping the joints moving smoothly. Think of your joints like a squeaky door: a little lubrication can reduce tension, and keep everything working properly.

There are also some oils that have properties that are more specific to them. Garlic oil, for example, is well known for its antimicrobial properties, while flaxseed oil is often renowned for its heart benefits.

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