Calories in Fats
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Oil & the Cholesterol Factor
Cholesterol is a big deal. It's been linked to heart disease and other ills that damage our body. However, scientists and doctors are slowly discovering that cholesterol in foods has a much different impact on the body than previously thought.
Take vegetable-based cooking oils. NONE contain cholesterol. And certain types of the oils below can actually assist in lowering cholesterol. Health problems related to cholesterol tend to result from consuming more calories than the body requires to maintain its healthy weight.
When weight gain occurs, we often dislike the bulges and bumps that go hand in hand with excess body fat. If we could only see what's going on inside the body rather than on the outside, most individuals would likely start amending their unhealthy daily diet pronto.
Let's take a look at the different types of oils and their nutritional health notes.
Nutritional Properties & Flavors of Vegetable-Based Cooking Oils
Almost all of these types of fat contain about 120 calories per Tablespoon. Therefore, it doesn't take long for the calories to quickly increase. Use sparingly while dieting.
Simply press the name of the oil to view its nutritional properties.
Avocado Oil is one of those unique, wonderful oils with a unique flavor. By itself, it doesn't taste so yummy - but when used as a dipping sauce recipe OR a salad dressing, it's delicious. Bonus: it's also good as a moisturizer.
Palm Oil is best used outside the kitchen and in making soaps due to its nutritional values.
Hazelnut Oil is difficult to find at the local market. It's packed with Vitamin E benefits.
Peanut Oil is one of my go-to cooking oils. It's 'smokeless' properties make it ideal for those rare times when we fry our fish. It contains high levels of monounsaturated and poly unsaturated fat which may keep serum cholesterol levels down.
Grapeseed Oil has become more popular over the years and is even available in local markets - something unheard of a few decades ago.
Olive Oil has unique flavor notes. Although it can be used in preparing numerous recipes, it doesn't bind well with all foods. Example: fish.
Safflower Oil contains an extreme amount of the healthier fat - polyunsaturated which combats bad cholesterol in the body.
Soybean Oil has a unique flavor like olive oil, so it's not optimum for use with all foods.
Sesame Oil is generally used in Asian dishes and adds a unique flavor. Its properties are chiefly unsaturated fat.
Sunflower Oil is a good source for healthy polyunsaturated fat. Like walnut oil, it can assist to combat the bad high cholesterol in the body.
Soybean Oil is available in many different blends, such as industrial.
Walnut Oil contains beneficial polyunsaturated properties to help lower high cholesterol.
Below our Solid Fats chart you will find the nutritional properties for cottonseed oil.
Calories in Solid Fats
Nutrition Data for Cottonseed Oil