There are a lot of things that cooking with oil can do that just can’t be replicated by water or broth. Caramelized onions, golden brown panko-crusted tofu, and elevated flavors—all of these are made possible by oil. If used in moderation oil can be an important part of any healthy diet. Not all oils are created equal. Which oils are best for vegan cooking?
Can oil be healthy?
Short and sweet: Yes, oil is healthy. Fat is an essential macronutrient. It’s a nutrient the body uses in large amounts to provide energy and maintain systems. Oils are a great way to help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, D, K, and E. They can also supply essential fatty acids, which the body is unable to produce on its own. Jenna Volpe explains. Fats must be obtained from food.
The healthfulness of an ole is not as black and white. “Healthy oils tend to be those which are unsaturated and minimally processed, because they provide natural dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamins and antioxidants,” says Volpe.
Saturated fats are found in meats high in fat, dairy products high in fat, and certain oils like palm…