is vegetable oil healthy

Is Vegetable Oil Healthy?

Is Vegetable Oil Healthy??? You Lost Your Marbles!

My clients look at me with a shocked expression every time I tell them to ask themselves, “is vegetable oil healthy or is that what I’m supposed to think?”

Growing up I along with most of the world automatically assumed vegetable oils were healthy and that was the bottom line.  Because it comes from vegetables, right?

The truth is that every kind of edible oil out there has been processed one way or another.  This is far from the definitive answer to is vegetable oil healthy because some are minimally processed while others have been through the ringer.

Of course, some of these vegetable oils are going to be more processed than others but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to be healthy for us and not healthy for us.  My goal is always to have you ask questions and reexamine what conventional thought has shown us about what is healthy and what isn’t.

Whenever you buy your food I always recommend finding the least processed kind available because it will most likely contain the most amount of nutrients and it hopefully hasn’t been processed through high heats or pressure.

I really don’t like fried foods because they’ve most likely have been cooked with some of these bad vegetable oils I’m about to tell you about and there’s also a good chance they contain hydrogenated oils that will not only make you fat but also unhealthy.

So is vegetable oil healthy?  Let’s take a deeper look…

These are the vegetable oils that are NOT healthy for you:

  • Corn
  • Sunflower
  • Soybean

All of the oils above make my “do not buy” list because they all contain high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids and they all have low smoking points.  The reason we don’t want any more omega-6’s in our bodies is because they have been linked to obesity as your body develops a resistance to insulin and inflammation begins to run amok in your body.

Both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential to our bodies meaning we can’t make them on our own and we need them to survive.  But as we have begun to consume more and more processed foods that contain a larger proportion of omega-6’s to omega-3’s our bodies have become unbalanced and this has become one of the driving reasons why this nation has become obese.

These unhealthy vegetable oils above are also mostly composed of processed polyunsaturated fats meaning it’ll be easy for them to become oxidized when exposed to light and heat.  And when your food gets oxidized the production of free radicals goes up and these bad boys can cause a huge amount of damage to your body.  This is why you hear everybody recommending that you eat more antioxidants.

These free radicals cause most of their damage by causing inflammation in our bodies which not only make us even more fatter but also cause a boatload of health problems such as cancer growth, diabetes and heart disease.

The trick with canola oil is it’s best to stay away from conventionally refined and manufactured brands. Instead fine a GMO-free organic canola oil which will not be bad for you.

Is Vegetable Oil Healthy At All Or Should I Avoid It?

Here is my list of health vegetable oils I recommend:

The reason I kept palm oil of my list of recommended vegetable oils is because most of the plantations in the world that produce it are dangerously encroaching on many of the natural habitats of native animals.  Overall palm oil is good for you but I don’t like to recommend it unless you’re able to find one that has been proven to be environmentally safe.

For more on which fats you should be eating also check out my 5 Good Fats To Eat to Lose Belly Fat blog post as well so you’ll have a full list to go along with this is vegetable oil healthy post.

Hopefully this has been an awakening on vegetable oils and made you think twice about their consumption.  I know I was like many of you out there quick to automatically assume that all vegetable oils were healthy for us but the hard truth is that they’re not.

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  1. Anthony harte

    August 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Josh. I’m a 26 year old male, Of a thin build. What exercise regime would you recommend to build a lean body. I do not wish to bulk up. Somewhere along the lines of a soccer players body if you get me. I’m already skinny so I think cardio will only have a negative effect on my efforts. Your summer arms workout looks interesting. Any help would be great. Thanks


    • Josh Schlottman

      August 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Hi Anthony,

      I would recommend a metabolic resistance training program combined with a high intensity interval training program to get the results you’re looking for.


  2. Ruqayya

    August 20, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Thanks alot for the tips 🙂


  3. William

    June 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Why is coconut oil good for you? What makes it different than the other vegetable oils?


    • Josh Schlottman

      June 19, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Hi William, I’d recommend checking out my post on the benefits of coconut oil here.


  4. Stephanie

    July 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Josh, I had a question. I am a healthy 5 foot 8.5 140 pound woman with I would say a medium or large frame. I don’t want to gain so much fat to where my pants don’t fit but my chest you can see a bit of chest bone and it makes me feel unattractive (even though my guy says I’m beautiful) I’m very insecutre about that and wanted to know what I could to change that. I already wear a size 7 to 8 and people say I do not look anorexic. Please help..also what is a good eating plan/exercise plan.


    • Josh Schlottman

      July 28, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Hi Stephanie, I’d recommend my diet and workout program from TThe Flat Belly Formula but I’m also biased 😉 – Just focus on eating more clean and healthy foods to increase your caloric intake. This will make you put on more weight but not a lot of fat. Hope this is what you’re looking for.


  5. James Cook

    April 28, 2016 at 1:42 am


    So, sunflower oil is bad for us. Is it still ok to eat raw sunflower seeds? What about pumpkin seeds?


    • Josh Schlottman

      July 27, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds in moderation are a great source of many nutrients that you need in your diet for your body to run optimally. Just make sure you stay away from sunflower oil because of the high saturated fat content and omega-6’s.


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