The Oil Guide

Being a paleo food blogger, I am often asked what types of healthy fats are safe to cook with, so I went on a search to find out.  What I always assumed is that olive oil is the end all and be all of healthy oils, and I have cooked with it relentlessly for years.  After reading several articles, I found that there is some research out there that claims that when olive oil is brought to its smoke point, the wonderful antioxidants that we want in the oil begin to decompose under the high heat and are turned into free radicals and dangerous chemicals that we do not want to ingest. 

Does this make olive oil a bad choice to cook with?  Not necessarily; I have never experienced olive oil smoking, but I also haven’t let it sit in the pan all alone on high heat long enough to find out.  I can imagine that if someone filled a pot with olive oil and heated it to the point necessary to fry some breaded chicken, it might not be the best choice, but if sautéing a delicious paleo meal in a little olive oil is your choice, it is, of my opinion that you are doing yourself a lot of good, and no harm at all!  So after a few moments of doubting my beloved olive oil, and losing my mind a bit researching on the web, one of my amazing blog readers found this great article “Healthy Oils” on Mark’s Daily Apple that clearly outlines which oils are good, which are bad, and which are truly amazing.  I hope this guide helps you as much as it has helped me as you continue on your paleo journey to health!


Written by Nicki Violetti

Nicki Violetti has a long history of competitive athletics and is the only trainer at NorCal Strength and Conditioning who has competed at the collegiate level, not in one sport, but three: volleyball, swimming, and track & field. Nicki is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds Level III CrossFit trainer and USAW Level I Olympic Weightlifting Coach certifications. Nicki brings her understanding of teamwork, motivation and goal setting/completion to her coaching with remarkable results. She will help you delineate your goals and provide you with the support, knowledge and focus to achieve your fitness potential. In addition to Nicki’s fitness background, she has a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and speaks Italian, Spanish and a fair amount of Russian. She is also co-publisher of The Performance Menu.

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  1. Christin

    Im in suspense.  What great article did they find?

  2. Natalie

    Click on the link “Healthy Oils” in the blog…it should take you to the article!

  3. I <3 Olive Oil