Don’t Let Your Health Go Up in Smoke

The next time you see oil smoking in the frying pan, take notice and start over. Heating oils beyond their flash point – the point at which they oxidize and begin to smoke – gives rise to unpleasant flavors (and smells). More important, it creates lipid oxidation products (LOPs) – dangerous byproducts that cause free radical damage to cells.

To eliminate these cellular villains, use culinary oils cold. Drizzle them over fresh organic salads and roasted veggies to add rich, complex flavor and a healthy source of fat.

When you do choose to fry something, do it safely by using coconut oil. It’s a heat-stable, naturally saturated oil that is primarily made up of medium-chain triglycerides. Not only is this “energy fat” metabolized and digested more efficiently than other fats, coconut oil is a significant source of lauric acid – an anti-microbial fatty acid that supports (not suppresses) immune function.

Other heat-stable oils to have on hand for cooking include organic grapeseed oil (which starts to smoke at 420 F), organic extra light olive oil (which starts to smoke at 468 F), organic cold-pressed canola oil (which starts to smoke at 464 F), and organic butter (which starts to smoke at 350 F).

And remember, when in doubt… drizzle.

[Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the founder and CEO of Healing Gourmet (, and is editor-in-chief of the Healing Gourmet book series. Learn more about how simple lifestyle choices can improve your health by reading ETR’s free natural health e-letter.]

Kelley Herring

Kelley Herring is the Founder & CEO of Healing Gourmet – a multimedia company that educates on how foods promote health and protect against disease. As a young adult, Kelley battled a debilitating health condition that went misdiagnosed by multiple doctors for more than a year. Finding no help from “modern medicine”, she turned to her own knowledge of biochemistry and her passion for health research. She soon learned that her symptoms were related to nutrition and within weeks, she charted a course back to health with nothing more than simple lifestyle changes and the power of the plate. The lessons she learned spawned the creation of Healing Gourmet. Kelley is a firm believer in vigorous exercise, moderate sun exposure and delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals. She is also the creator of Healing Gourmet’s Personalized Nutrition Software and Editor-in-Chief of the Healing Gourmet book series published by McGraw-Hill including Eat to Fight Cancer, Eat to Beat Diabetes, Eat to Lower Cholesterol and Eat to Boost Fertility.