Shortage of sunflower oil: here are 7 healthy alternatives to cook or flavor your dishes

Sunflower oil is becoming increasingly rare on supermarket shelves† And rightly so, many French men and women are stockpiling for fear of a shortage caused by the war in Ukraine. So, what are the healthiest and most ecological alternatives? We help you to make the right choice.

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Rapeseed oil

Among the vegetable oils richest in omega 3, we find rapeseed oil. Also called canola oil, it is especially valued for its high content of vitamin E (30 mg per 100 g). To preserve all its properties, the oil must not be heated above 150°. Only use it cold or soft-boiled.

Olive oil

Not all olive oil is created equal. To be of high quality, choose one, preferably “extra virgin”. Olive oil is rich in omega-9, polyphenols (antioxidants that slow down cell aging) and vitamins K and E. Contrary to popular belief, it can be heated, but for better aroma preservation, it is advisable to avoid too high temperatures .

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Grape seed oil

Like olive oil, grapeseed oil is rich in vitamin E and polyphenols. A good dose of omega-6 is added to these precious nutrients, fatty acids that protect the immune system and the heart. The good news is that it is recommended for high temperature cooking. Don’t hesitate to use it to bake your fries or to make a Burgundian fondue, for example.

coconut oil

Coconut oil surprises with its taste and texture. Thick at first, it melts very slowly in the pan, like butter. Rich in antioxidants and saturated fatty acids, it is valued for its restorative properties. But that’s not all, it’s also one of the most easily digestible oils. So adopt it without hesitation!

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nut oil

Often used to flavor dishes and salads, hazelnut oil can also be heated at low temperatures. It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, calcium and vitamin A. Nothing better to wake up your taste buds and take care of your body.

peanut oil

Contrary to some beliefs, peanut oil is not bad for your health. Although it is rich in calories, it has the particularity of lowering bad cholesterol levels and promoting the production of good cholesterol. In addition, it can be heated at a high temperature, such as grape seed oil.

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sesame oil

Sesame oil is rich in vitamin E (up to 50 mg per 100 g), fiber, protein and mineral salts. You can use it as an alternative to sunflower oil for soft and short cooking. Too high a temperature can make the taste unpleasant and therefore spoil your entire dish.

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