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Smoking Point

By New You Editorial
Posted On Jan 17, 2014

New You Health Tip: Reconsider your choice of oils for safe, delicious, healthy cooking.

Oils like extra virgin olive and flaxseed are extremely nutritious when consumed at room temperature. They are perfect on top of salads and soaked in bread. However, when heated beyond their “smoke point,” these same oils may yield toxic fumes and harmful free radicals. Coconut oil, the closest plant-based oil to butter, is a healthy alternative when cooking at medium temperatures because it retains its structure up to 350 degrees. But, for high heat cooking, switch to refined avocado oil, which maintains its structure until it reaches 520 degrees Fahrenheit. For more information on the how to use your oils wisely, check out this helpful “smoke point” chart.