A wealth of new cooking techniques, foods and cooking dishes have been developed and are available today for anyone interested in healthy cooking. Far greater attention is being paid to healthy eating and healthy living. While the use of butter in cooking may never go away entirely, there is a whole new line of healthy cooking options that we need to learn about if we want to engage in healthy cooking.
There are different types of oils being used in cooking based on the dish being prepared. These oils enhance flavors in a healthy way without the grease and the fat. While all oils are basically pure fat, canola oil is recommended as the primary cooking oil to be used for healthy cooking. Any vegetable oil will have approximately 120 calories and almost 14 grams of fat in a single tablespoon of oil.
Canola oil has omega 3 fat thanks to the alpha-linolenic acid the oil contains. The omega 3 fatty acid is something that is essential to our diet. Canola oil has a bland taste and is quite suitable for cooking and baking. It has the added benefit of not detracting taste from the flavors of the food.
Extra virgin olive oil has phytochemicals that can help to prevent cancer and lower cholesterol levels. Olive oil is used in cooking and salad preparations. It enhances the flavor of the dish and is a must have in your kitchen. You can drop a few fresh herbs into a bit of olive oil in a jar, stir well and use as a dip for a fresh French loaf entrée. Regular olive oil and light olive oil are also available.
Vegetable oil cooking sprays are available to help reduce the quantity of oil used for cooking. A light misting will help to fry and sauté foods, prevent foods from sticking and help to brown foods nicely. This is a low fat option that is very handy for healthy cooking.
Soybean oil is regular vegetable oil and is found in mayonnaise, salad dressings and margarine. It provides a good supply of omega 3 fatty acid and practically any dish can be cooked using this oil.
There are some unusual oils such as macadamia nut oil that provides the dish with a nutty flavor. It is popularly used in baking chicken and fish. The oil is monounsaturated and very good for maintaining a healthy heart. Use it for baking, frying and sautéing with great results.