Lipids (fats) are important for the functioning of our body. However, not all lipids are the same. It’s all about knowing which ones are interesting for your health and how to use them in the best possible way to get the maximum benefit from them.
1. Olive oil
Olive oil is probably one of the most common oils. It is mainly composed of omega 9, is rich in antioxidants and has many benefits. It can be preserved easily and for a long time, has a pleasant taste and is affordable.
It also contains vitamins A and E which are, however, susceptible to cooking. To fully enjoy its benefits, it is therefore recommended to eat it raw. However, it is a heat-resistant oil that can be used for cooking, replacing butter for example. It is a healthy oil which is to be recommended on a daily basis.
2. Linseed oil
Linseed oil is the queen of omega 3, known for its anti-inflammatory effects on the body and its many health benefits. You should buy it in small quantities if possible, as it is an oil that is very sensitive to heat, light and air. It tends to go rancid quickly so once it is opened it is advisable to keep it for about 3 weeks.
One teaspoon a day is enough to meet the recommended daily intake of omega 3. It can be used for breakfast, for example, by mixing it with muesli, compote or yoghurt.
3. Rapeseed oil
Rapeseed oil is one of the few oils that contain omega 3, 6 and 9 in addition to a good amount of vitamin E. This makes it a very interesting oil. It is used to season raw or steamed vegetables. Mixed with a little olive oil they are excellent for your health.
It is best to keep it away from light and in a cool place once opened.
It is recommended to choose all these oils in organic quality and first cold-pressed for optimal quality. All processed (hydrogenated) ones have no health benefits and can even become harmful.
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The taste of each one may vary from one region to another. It is worth trying several until you find the one you like the most or you can simply vary the flavour by changing the oil from time to time.