If you, like me, shop in supermarkets (no online carts for me), you may have noticed that olive oil has been advertised as the healthiest option out there. But is it really healthy, considering it is also one of the most heavily discounted oils these days. While that could be for a number of reasons, but it does make me question whether there’s anything called healthy when it comes to cooking fats.

“To be honest there is no oil (or any specific kind of food) that promotes fat loss. The only thing that helps is being calorie deficit and adjusting your macros,” says Iram Zaidi, nutritionist and fitness consultant.

Oil and weight loss

But this doesn’t mean that all cooking oils should be avoided. Here’s how you can pick the right one.

According to Pooja Thacker, senior dietician, Bhatia Hospital, one should look at the oil’s polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat content (PUFA and MUFA), as well as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid content. “Smoke point—or temperature at which the oil starts to break down—is another factor,” she says adding, “MUFA is anti arthrogenic so it is good even when it gets deposited in arteries. It is good for people who have platelet coagulation. MUFA helps prevention of cardiac diseases.”

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