Shopping for Oils & Fats

Simple Tips
  • Coconut oil is very high in saturated fat, even more than butter and lard, and therefore should be consumed in low to moderate doses. Select an oil that is a liquid at room temperature—again an indication that it is high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, a healthier option.
  • Make your own cooking spray with a spray bottle and your favorite oil. You’ll use less oil and save money.
  • Skip solid and trans fats. If it’s solid at room temperature or the label says “trans fats”, beware. Limit these fats for heart health. Remove chicken skin. Eat less beef, pork, cheese, lard, butter, stick margarine, shortening and foods with partially hydrogenated oils.