Looking for more information on which oils we recommend? This is the perfect place to learn about how the Betr Health program incorporates healthy oil options.
Does this mean I can't use any oil?
No! You can still consume a 1 Tbsp serving of level 1 oils as salad dressings. Just don't heat them up and make sure to measure their amount! (free pouring is a no-no!)
Are oils bad for me?
Not always, but we want to reduce the amount of saturated fats you are exposed to because it can heavily affect your cholesterol. And the best way to do that is to stick to the level 1 oils and measure out the appropriate serving size.
Why can't I heat up my oil?
Heating the level 1 approved oils past their "smoking point" (the temperature they start to burn) will change their flavor and decrease the nutrient value. When an oil is heated past its smoke point, it generates toxic fumes and free radicals which are extremely harmful to your body. Heating up the oil destroys its beneficial phytochemicals, which we want to preserve so they can nourish your body!
But I have to use oil to cook this specific recipe I have. What can I use instead?
If you must use an oil to cook, we ask that you use a very small amount of coconut or grape seed oil. Better yet, use low sodium broth or just the natural fat from the protein itself.
What if I need to use something to coat my pan so the food doesn't stick?
Once again, broth is a great option (that should reduce the sticking). If that's effective, you can opt for coconut oil. Take a paper towel and dab the corner of it to some coconut oil, then rub the paper towel on the pan. This should reduce the amount of oil you use but still reduce sticking.