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ISLAND SUN - MAY 6, 2016
Are Not All
Good For You
by Suzy Cohen, RPh
a single thing? The
oil you use in your
kitchen can make or
break your dish. Did
you know that some
oils are harmful?
Did you know that fried chicken or
French fries often use "hydrogenated"
oils, which increase your risk of
diabetes, heart attack, obesity and
cancer? Some "partially hydrogenated"
oils are even derived from soybean
oil, discussed below. What's in your
GOOD -- High in Monounsaturated
fatsOlive oil: Excellent source of
antioxidants, polyphenols and essential
fatty acids. It supports cardiovascular
health and blood pressure.
Coconut oil: I'm referring to the
unheated, unrefined, virgin coconut oil
which is healthy raw or baked; don't
use super high heat. Please avoid
"hydrogenated coconut oil," which is
man-made and contains trans fats.
Almond: A source of natural
vitamin E, it has even less saturated
fat than olive oil. Almond contains
monounsaturated fat (like olive oil).
Almond oil goes rancid easily; store it in
a dark cabinet.
GOOD -- High in Omega 3 fatty
Hemp: Unrefined oil have a good
amount of Gamma Linolenic acid
(GLA) which is considered a healthy
omega 6 that may relieve PMS and
skin conditions such as eczema and
Flax: A fragile oil that shouldn't
be heated. It's good to make salad
dressings with. Refrigerate the oil. Too
much may be goitrogenic (suppress
iodine absorption), so avoid consuming
high dose supplements for extended
periods of time. A little oil on your
salad should be fine, though.
Tea seed: This is one of my favorite
oils because you can use it at high
temperatures, the flavor is mild and it
contains antioxidants like vitamin E. It
has both omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Do not confuse tea seed oil with the
essential oil of "tea tree," which cannot
BAD -- High in Saturated fats or
Canola or Rapeseed: Some of you
think this is a "healthy" oil because it's
very low in saturated fat and, like olive
oil, it's high in monounsaturated fat.
However, hexane is used as a chemical
solvent to extract canola oil from the
seeds, and pesticides are sometimes
used. Bleaching, too. It's used for
baking or stir-fry.
Margarine: This is a man-made
chemical... do I need to say anything
BAD -- High in Omega 6, which can
Corn: It's hard to find a non-GMO
version of this, unless it specifically
says "organic," plus it maybe bleached.
Corn oil increases "oxidized" or bad
cholesterol. Cooks (not me) recommend
it for high heat.
Soybean: This is another oil that's
heavily refined and often genetically
modified (GMO). Soy plants are
somewhat toxic to humans... you didn't
know? Soybean oil, milk and tofu
contains a lectin called PHG, short for
phytohemagglutinin. PHG may interfere
with digestion, affect memory and make
your blood cells stick together (like a
clot). People use soybean oil for stir-fry
because of the high smoke point.
Read your supplement bottles, because
soybean oil is used in many dietary
This information is not intended to
treat, cure or diagnose your condition.
Suzy Cohen is the author of The 24-
Hour Pharmacist and is a registered
pharmacist. To contact her, visit
Mom And Me
by Lizzie and Pryce
Lizzie and Pryce answer your
questions and give advice about
aging concerns from a two-
generational perspective. A mother
and daughter team, Lizzie is a retired
RN and health educator, and Pryce is
a licensed psychotherapist in private
practice who specializes in the care of
elders and people with chronic illnesses.
Dear Mom & Me,
I think younger people are so mean
to those who are over the hill. They
have more education and know more
about what is in books, but I am not
stupid and some of them don't even
know how to hang up their own
I don't know computers and the
new things like that but I can add up
numbers and do subtraction and they all
have their little machines that do all of
Can you tell me what to do and say
to shut them up?
I have heard many very successful
people complain that their adult
children belittle their accomplishments
in spite of their rising to the top of their
If young people intimidate you, just
ignore their company and concentrate
on people in your own age group.
Many people young and old seem
to enjoy making others miserable but I
think it is all part of human nature.Lizzie
Instead of taking the time focusing
on what to say to them to "shut them
up," take the extra time to learn about
computers and new technologies. As we
age, we still learn, it just takes a little
Remember, some younger folks may
be mean, impatient or arrogant. If you
get upset with them, it does not change
them, it just ruins your day, and one
day those younger folks will be older as
Lizzie and Pryce's email address is
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