Many of our customers like to use oils for eating and cooking but are confused about what brands to buy and how to best use the oil. In this post I’ll talk about which oils and which brands are best and our favorite resource for sorting it all out.
One of the organizations we belong to is the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF.) If you have never heard of this organization, it is a non-profit group dedicated to educating, researching and helping people eat clean food. Recently we received our “2016 Shopping Guide” as a result of our membership in this organization. This guide is full of helpful tips for the consumer. This listing in the WAPF Guide starts with this quote, “Best: Organic extra virgin olive oil, organic, cold-pressed macadamia, avocado, almond, high oleic sunflower and high oleic safflower oils, organic virgin coconut oil; unrefined organic palm oil; fat and lard from pigs allowed to graze; tallow and suet from grass-fed cows and sheep; poultry fat from pastured poultry.” These are the best oils to use and eat, according to the WAPF Shopping Guide, 2016.
Listed as some of the best Olive Oils are these brands, which I have been able to find in our area and online at vitacost.com: (We use olive oil as a cold oil on salads and in other recipes. We do not cook with it.)
Bragg Organic Extra Virgin Unfiltered Olive Oil
Napa Valley Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Unfiltered Olive Oil
Newman’s Own Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Spectrum Organic Extra Virgin Filtered and Unfiltered Olive Oil
Some of the best coconut oils recommended by WAPF include these: (We eat coconut oil raw and also cook with it. It is great to use in any baking mixes in place of other oils. Just use a bit less.)
Alpha Coconut Oil
Garden of Life Virgin Coconut Oil
Jarrow Formulas Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
NOW Foods Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Spectrum Virgin Coconut Oil
Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
There are many other brands recommended by WAPF but I thought I’d list a few that you will more easily find here. WAPF’s guide says, “AVOID most commercial vegetable oils including cottonseed, soy, corn, canola, rice bran, hemp and grapeseed oils; all margarines, spreads and partially hydrogenated vegetable shortenings.”
Another interesting point that I found in the WAPF shopping guide is that it is available as an app for your phone on iTunes! It is called “Find Real Food” and can be found by searching for WAPF on the iTunes store.
I will have more information for you about finding nourishing foods in upcoming blogs.
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