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Beginners Guide to Keto

Seed Oils

People on a ketogenic diet don’t eat seed oils.

Seed oils, also known as vegetable oils, such as soy, corn, canola, cotton seed, sunflower, and safflower are all refined oils. Refined oils are produced using very high temperatures and caustic chemicals. Due to the chemicals and the degradation of the oils during processing, seed oils are an unhealthy option.

Refined seed/vegetable oils are also high in inflammatory omega 6 fats. The combination of too many omega 6 fats in our diets and not enough omega 3 fats promotes the parthenogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammatory disease, and autoimmune diseases. The ideal ratio of omega 6 fats to omega 3 fats is 1-1. In the common western diet, however, the ratio is closer to 16 to 1, with the amount of Omega 3s being severely deficient.

Oils like coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, butter, and ghee are all much healthier fats. They are perfect for use in cooking, baking, and on salads. These oils are anti-inflammatory. They help support vascular, heart, and brain health. For these reasons, they are the only kinds of oils used on a ketogenic diet. When shopping for groceries, be sure to check labels so you can avoid inadvertently purchasing and consuming unhealthy, potentially dangerous oils.

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