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What Doctors Say About These Six Oils

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What Do Some People Think?

Some think that edible oils significantly contribute to healthy fat in our diet, enhance our food, and are delicious. But what do doctors say about these oils? Here are six edible oils and a few words about what doctors say about them.

1. Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is a savory food source. Purportedly, it benefits our bodies internally and externally. People use it to remove makeup, as a skin scrub when combined with sugar, as a pre-shampoo treatment, or as an after-shave skin soother.

Extra virgin olive oil purportedly benefits our bodies internally and externally.

Extra virgin olive oil purportedly benefits our bodies internally and externally.

What a Doctor Says About Olive Oil

[8] In 2008, cardiologist, heart surgeon, medical researcher, and author Dr. Steven Gundry discussed his mission to improve health, happiness, and longevity through human nutrition. His best-selling book, "Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution," focused on diet and nutrition to help people avoid surgery. Gundry recommended his patients consume as much as one liter (33.814 ounces) of extra virgin olive oil weekly. The doctor mentioned the rarely heard fact that brushing with extra virgin olive oil brightens teeth and removes plaque.

[8] Dr. Gundry suggests eating extra virgin olive oil rich in potent antioxidants.

[8] Dr. Gundry suggests eating extra virgin olive oil rich in potent antioxidants.

The Supposed Benefits of Olive Oil

External benefits of extra virgin olive oil supposedly include:

  • a conditioner for damaged cuticles
  • a conditioner for dry nails
  • a conditioner for dry skin

Other External Uses of The Oil

People have claimed olive oil works as:

  • a serum for dry lips
  • a shine serum for hair
  • to heal and soften feet
  • to hydrate elbows
  • to relieve skin damage
 Olive oil helps to condition dry skin.

Olive oil helps to condition dry skin.

Eat Rich Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For optimum health, Dr. Gundry suggests consuming extra virgin olive oil rich in polyphenols, especially hydroxytyrosol, the most potent antioxidant. Many highly reputed medical doctors recommend organic-certified olive oil!

The Benefits of Eating Olive Oil

Eating extra-virgin olive oil can ostensibly help to:

  • fight diabetes
  • fight osteoporosis
  • improve brain function
  • prevent cancer
  • prevent strokes

Other Touted Benefits of the Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is said to:

  • promote weight loss
  • relieve anxiety
  • relieve depression
  • relieve pain
  • strengthen the immune system

The Olive Oil Recipes Are Endless

The delicious recipes that include olive oil are endless. People drizzle it on corn, fish, meat, potatoes and use it in baked goods, dips, and sauces.

The recipes that include olive oil are endless.

The recipes that include olive oil are endless.

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2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil became very popular around 2015. People claim it benefits the diet and has many cosmetic uses.

Coconut oil has many cosmetic uses.

Coconut oil has many cosmetic uses.

What a Doctor Says About Coconut Oil

Vasanti Malik is a Research Scientist in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has a dual doctorate in Nutrition and Epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School.

[10][14] Dr. Malik says coconut oil has a unique flavor. It is best consumed in small amounts as an alternative to unsaturated vegetable oils like olive or canola. Coconut oil is 80 to 90 percent saturated fat. Malik suggests consuming coconut oil within the recommended limits for saturated fat intake.

[10][14] Dr. Malik says coconut oil is best consumed in small amounts.

[10][14] Dr. Malik says coconut oil is best consumed in small amounts.

What Should Be the Daily Intake?

[6] 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting calories from saturated fats to less than 10% of the calories you eat and drink daily. That's about 200 calories. The total is based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

The Good Things About Coconut Oil

Coconut oil allegedly helps to:

  • boost skin health
  • destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi
  • encourage fat burning
  • improve oral health
  • prevent cell damage
Coconut oil helps to boost skin health.

Coconut oil helps to boost skin health.

Other Touted Benefits of the Oil

Presumably, coconut oil helps to:

  • protect your hair
  • provide a quick source of energy
  • reduce hunger
  • reduce seizures
  • reduce symptoms of Alzheimer's disease
  • ward off chronic and degenerative diseases
Coconut oil enhances baked dishes

Coconut oil enhances baked dishes

It Adds Flavor to Food

Coconut oil tastes delicious when melted in popcorn. It embellishes stir-fries and enhances baked dishes.

3. Grape Seed Oil

A byproduct of winemaking grapeseed oil comes from the seeds of pressed grapes. First developed by the French, grapeseed oil came into vogue in Europe in the 1930s. The 1990s saw the rise of grapeseed oil's popularity in the United States. Grapeseed oil shines a light on health enthusiasts. It is high in polyunsaturated fat, a healthy fat that includes omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The oil contains vitamin E (needed for immune and heart health).

Grapeseed oil comes from the seeds of pressed grapes.

Grapeseed oil comes from the seeds of pressed grapes.

What a Doctor Says About Grapeseed Oil

At about 70% by composition, grapeseed oil is high in polyunsaturated fat. Most of the polyunsaturated fat is linoleic acid.

[15] Robert Graham, M.D., the founder of FRESH Med NYC, says, "Linoleic acid is typically converted to gamma-linoleic acid once we digest it, and gamma-linoleic can have beneficial properties, like lowering cholesterol and inflammation, especially when it is converted to DGLA (Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid)."

If you want grapeseed oil, always look for a cold-pressed version in a dark bottle.

[15] Robert Graham, M.D., the founder of FRESH Med NYC, teaches that grapeseed oil can have beneficial properties.

[15] Robert Graham, M.D., the founder of FRESH Med NYC, teaches that grapeseed oil can have beneficial properties.

It Does Not Clog Pores

Grapeseed oil doesn't clog pores or leave your hair and skin oily. It also makes a suitable carrier oil for massages.

The Good Things About Grapeseed Oil

Cold-pressed grapeseed oil reputedly helps to:

  • heal acne
  • heal scars
  • keep pores tight
  • keep skin moist
  • maintain a healthy scalp
  • maintain healthy hair
Grapeseed oil doesn't clog pores or leave your hair and skin oily.

Grapeseed oil doesn't clog pores or leave your hair and skin oily.

Other Purported Benefits of the Oil

Purportedly grapeseed oil helps to:

  • reduce cancer risk
  • reduce cholesterol
  • reduce heart disease risk
  • reduce the risk of dementia
  • remove makeup
  • support the immune system
Look for cold-pressed grapeseed oil in a dark bottle.

Look for cold-pressed grapeseed oil in a dark bottle.

It Has No Known Side Effects

Grapeseed oil consumption has no known side effects. It is adaptable and pairs well with a multitude of flavors.

Grapeseed oil is adaptable and pairs well with a multitude of flavors.

Grapeseed oil is adaptable and pairs well with a multitude of flavors.

You Can Enjoy Grapeseed Oil

You can enjoy grapeseed oil by using it:

  • for deep frying
  • for stir-frying
  • on salads
  • to grill
  • to roast vegetables
  • to sear meat

4. Sesame Oil

Sesame oil, loaded with antioxidants and vitamin E, has the right balance of omega fatty acids (omega-3,omega-6, and omega-9). Dubbed the "Queen of Oilseeds," sesame oil comes from pressed sesame seeds and reputedly has internal and external benefits. High in antioxidants, substances that help reduce cell damage, sesame oil seems to be a conduit for good health.

Sesame oil has antioxidants and vitamin E.

Sesame oil has antioxidants and vitamin E.

What a Doctor Says About Sesame Oil

[18] Dr. Sampath Parthasarathy studied at The University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida. His research on atherosclerosis development and heart failure found that mice treated for 30 days with sesame oil extracts and later exposed to a high-fat diet developed significantly less plaque buildup compared to a control group that received no treatment.

Dr. Sampath stated, "We found that one month of pre-treatment with sesame oil and the aqueous extract prevented the subsequent development of atherosclerosis by about 55 to 60 percent, even with a high-fat diet."

[18] Dr. Sampath Parthasarathy’s research at UCF focuses on atherosclerosis development and heart failure.

[18] Dr. Sampath Parthasarathy’s research at UCF focuses on atherosclerosis development and heart failure.

The Good Things About Sesame Oil

Sesame oil reportedly helps to:

  • block harmful UV sun rays
  • heal burns
  • heal scrapes

Other Good Things the Oil Purportedly Does

Sesame oil purportedly helps to:

  • heal wounds
  • improve sleep quality
  • increase hair shine
  • increase hair strength
Sesame oil reportedly helps to block harmful UV sun rays.

Sesame oil reportedly helps to block harmful UV sun rays.

Other Touted Benefits of the Oil

Sesame oil ostensibly helps to:

  • lessen toothaches
  • lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels
  • protect the heart from damage

More Touted Health Benefits of the Oil

Sesame oil is said to:

  • reduce arthritis symptoms
  • reduce inflammation
  • relieve pain as a topical rub
  • support healthy blood sugar levels

Enjoy the Taste

Enjoy the flavorful, nut-like taste of sesame oil:

  • drizzled over ice cream
  • drizzled on soup
  • in dips
  • in sauces
  • in stir-fries
  • in vinaigrettes
Sesame oil has a flavorful, nut-like taste.

Sesame oil has a flavorful, nut-like taste.

Other Dishes With Sesame Oil

People often put sesame oil:

  • on fish
  • on meat
  • on noodles
  • on popcorn

5. Hempseed Oil

Hempseed oil occurs by extracting the oil from hemp seeds through cold-pressing. Hempseed oil extraction is just like olive oil extraction. Hemp plants that produce hemp seeds come from the marijuana (cannabis) plant family. The amount of THC, the substance that gets you "high," is meager in hemp plants. Anything coming from hemp allegedly has excellent medicinal value. The great omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid ratio in hempseed oil provide a perfect formula for good health. The oil supposedly has both external and internal benefits.

Hempseed oil occurs by extracting the oil from hemp seeds through cold-pressing.

Hempseed oil occurs by extracting the oil from hemp seeds through cold-pressing.

What a Doctor Says About Hempseed Oil

[3] Dr. Dan Brennan, an award-winning pediatrician, says, "the many health benefits of hemp seed oil come from its high content of three polyunsaturated fatty acids: linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).

[3] Dr. Daniel Brennan says that the 3:1 fatty acid ratio in hempseed oil is ideal for human health benefits.

[3] Dr. Daniel Brennan says that the 3:1 fatty acid ratio in hempseed oil is ideal for human health benefits.

The Good Things About Hempseed Oil

Hempseed oil benefits purportedly include:

  • helping to prevent heart disease
  • helping to prevent strokes
  • helping to relieve inflammation
  • helping to relieve pain ( as a topical rub)
  • lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol
  • lowering blood pressure
  • preventing maternal depression
Hempseed oil has many health benefits.

Hempseed oil has many health benefits.

Other Benefits of the Oil

Other benefits of hempseed oil supposedly include:

  • relieving acne
  • relieving cradle cap
  • relieving eczema
  • relieving irritable bowel syndrome
  • relieving multiple sclerosis
  • relieving psoriasis
  • relieving rheumatoid arthritis
  • use as a carrier oil for essential oil mixtures
  • use as a pregnancy supplement

Take a Daily Dose of Oil

Experts say three tablespoons of hemp seed oil daily typically offers the 3:1 fatty acid ratio needed for optimal health.

[3] Hempseed oil is ideal for human health benefits.

[3] Hempseed oil is ideal for human health benefits.

It Is Good by Itself

Drink hemp seed oil by itself or use it in:

  • Buddha bowls (one-bowl meals)
  • cold soup
  • pesto (instead of olive oil)
  • protein shakes
  • salad dressings
  • smoothies
  • stir-fries

6. Avocado Oil

Avocado oil comes from ripe avocados, a fruit loaded with healthy fats. An extraction process, similar to olive oil extraction, comes after removing the skin and seeds of the avocado. Then, grinding at 112-122 degrees Fahrenheit occurs before a 40-60 minute mixing procedure.

Avocado Oil Comes From Ripe Avocados.

Avocado Oil Comes From Ripe Avocados.

What a Doctor Says About Avocado Oil

[9] Dr. Rajsree Nambudripad, an integrative medicine specialist with St. Jude Medical Center in Southern California, says that "avocado oil is over 70% monounsaturated fat, which makes it a healthy fat."

[9] Dr. Rajsree Nambudripad says, "avocado oil is a healthy fat."

[9] Dr. Rajsree Nambudripad says, "avocado oil is a healthy fat."

Health Benefits of the Oil

Avocado oil's health benefits are significant and allegedly cause:

  • a reduction in age-related eye disease
  • a reduction in arthritis symptoms
  • a reduction in bad (LDL) cholesterol
  • a reduction in chronic disease risk
  • aid in the healing of wounds

Other Purported Benefits of the Oil

Avocado oil is purportedly ideal for:

  • heart health
  • improved eye health
  • psoriasis relief
  • the enhancement of nutrient absorption

How to Eat Avocado Oil

Appreciate and relish this nutritious, delectable oil:

  • as a marinade
  • as a mayo substitute
  • in smoothies
  • on baked recipes
  • on cold soups
  • on hummus
  • on roasted vegetables
  • on salads
Avocado oil makes a healthy addition to lots of recipes.

Avocado oil makes a healthy addition to lots of recipes.

Summary

In summary, olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, hempseed oil, and avocado oil seem to have some benefits. Be sure to ask your doctor what impact these oils may have on your condition. Every household can benefit from having one or more of these edible oils. Use them appropriately to enhance your hair and skin, or savor the flavor of one or more of these delectable oils in your favorite meals and recipes.

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