Today’s Transformation Tuesdays post is all about using a healthy fat to cook with. Contrary to the push for low-fat foods in the past few decades, such anti-nutritive diets have done nothing to improve our overall health. The main culprit of poor health, of course, is sugar which is often added in excess to low-fat foods just to make them palatable (see my faith article, The Most Dangerous Toxin). As it turns out, healthy fats don’t make you fat, even if you eat them liberally. In fact, healthy fats will help you to shed the fat accumulated by excess sugar consumption. If you want to lose inches, start including healthy fats into your diet.
The number one consideration when choosing a fat to cook with is “HOW HIGH?” At what temperature do you plan to do your cooking? If you are pan frying, you’ll need a fat that works for extremely high heat. The factor involved is called the “smokepoint”, the point at which the fat starts to smoke because it is undergoing a chemical reaction caused by heat that makes the oil rancid and carcinogenic. You don’t want the fat to get to that point! Spectrum Organics is a company that produces many cooking oils from non-animal sources; they have a smoke-point guide that will help you to find the right oil for your application. However, I want to show you an easy way to make your own MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT (smoke point around 400F) oil that is much cheaper than buying expellar-pressed organic vegetable oils. All you need is butter. Click here for the easy how-to recipe for making Homemade Ghee.
UPDATE: if you are lactose or casein intolerant, this oil solution may work for you because these ingredients are removed through the clarifying process.
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