Oil Caution

Use oil in cooking with caution! When oil reaches its smoke point, it releases carcinogens in the air and free radicals in the oil. Free radicals are unstable cells that can cause damage to DNA, leading to the possible development of cancer.

It is important to consider the smoke point of oils used in cooking. Many people like to cook with olive oil, but olive oil has a wide range of smoke points (220-420°F). Often times cooking with oil can be avoided completely; we stir-fry veggies in water and add a touch of oil after cooking to give the veggies a yummy flavor. Think of oil as a condiment, added right before serving or at the table.

We like to use Spectrum Oil because on the label they print the safe cooking temperature. Check out Spectrum’s website and World’s Healthiest Foods for more info on oil safety.oil.jpg

P.S. Oil also adds a crazy amount of calories: one tablespoon of oil has 120 calories and one cup of oil has 1920 calories!!!

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Earth Balance Whipped Spread is honestly as good as butter and much, much better for you than butter or margarine. It is certified organic, made from expeller-pressed, non-GMO oils, and it does not contain hydrogenated oil or trans fats.

One tablespoon of Earth Balance Whipped has 80 calories and 9 grams of fat (2.5g saturated, 0 trans fat, 0 cholesterol). One tablespoon of butter contains 100 calories and 11 grams of fat (7g saturated, 3mg cholesterol).

So even if you are not vegan, a switch to this spread will be good for your health.