10 Plant-Based Oils You Didn't Know Existed

Olive and canola aren't the only plant-based oils out there. These 10 plant-based oils are completely real—and completely fantastic.

10 Plant-Based Oils You Didn't Know Existed

Cooking with olive or canola oil is one of the smartest moves you can make in the kitchen. In addition to taste and versatility, both of these plant-based oils contain heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, good fats that improve blood cholesterol levels, thus lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke. Healthy fats also help your body better absorb the fat-soluble vitamins found in food, and they provide vitamin E, an essential antioxidant that many Americans need more of in their diets.

There’s just one catch: Olive and canola oil aren’t the only plant-based oils that offer these great benefits. In fact, there are numerous plant-based oils that check off many of the same boxes as olive or canola oil. And by incorporating different oils into your routine, you’ll add variety, interesting new flavors, and best of all, additional health benefits. Read on to discover 10 more plant-based oils to add to your grocery list.


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Hazelnut Oil

Hazelnut oil is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, as well as antioxidants, which are believed to prevent or delay certain types of cell damage. It’s delicate and best suited for low-heat cooking or drizzled over finished dishes, but with its slightly sweet, nutty flavor, this is a versatile oil that pairs well with fish, potatoes, pasta, and beans. Hazelnut oil has a special affinity for chocolate, so consider using it in desserts. You’ll find hazelnut oil in specialty shops and online.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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