Cooking oil is a staple in many of our cupboards and diets, and different oils can provide unique flavors, smells and textures to our favorite recipes. If you’re tired of your go-to oil and looking to try something new, grocery store shelves are filled with various kinds. From nut-based to classics, there are many options for experimenting with something new.
How do different oils factor into a healthy diet? It all comes down to the types of fat found in the oil. Best Food Facts asked Connie Diekman, Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, to give an overview of the different types of fats and their impacts on health.
“Fat provides satiety (the feeling of being full) and enjoyment to the food we eat, but it also serves nutritional benefits. Fats are made up of fatty acids which act in a variety of ways, but they are key to the development of hormones, transport and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and helping to regulate body temperature,” she explained.