Baking with Oil Is Great For Healthy BakingBy
Baking with oil is a wonderful way to bake healthy cookies, healthy desserts, and healthy muffins. By using “healthy fats” in your baked goods, you are able to make delicious sweet treats that are a lot healthier then they would be if they were packed with unhealthy fats.
Baking with oil versus butter enables you to make healthier desserts that are not as fattening, that are healthy for kids and taste great!
Conventional baking uses a lot of butter, which is basically a type of fat called a saturated fat. Some of the living healthy baking recipes include small portions of butter (in some cakes and pastries), but most of them only use mainly light olive oil (a healthy fat), instead of butter.
The fact of the matter is, human beings need some fat in their diet and a little butter by itself is not bad, nor is saturated fat. The problem is that it is very easy to exceed the daily recommendations of saturated and trans fats. In today’s diet we get so much saturated and trans fats, that it is advisable to substitute for a more heart healthy approach using a healthier type of fat anywhere you can.
Baking With Oil Versus Butter. WHY DO IT?
Butter is a saturated fat.
In a nutshell, too much saturated and trans fat is linked with heart disease, obesity and blood pressure according to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the American Heart Association, the British Heart Foundation, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand  and the World Heart Federation.
If you bake with butter instead of baking with oil, you are adding more saturated fat to your kid’s diet; something that is linked to heart problems and high blood pressure. Everyone is in agreement of this and it has become general knowledge.
According to the Mayo Clinic, you should limit your daily intake of saturated fat to no more than 7 percent of your total calories. Based on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, this amounts to about 15 grams of saturated fat a day; which includes any trans fats or other types of fats that you ate that day. If a teaspoon of butter has 7 grams of saturated fat, you can see how it is easy to exceed the recommendations.
If you eat a medium portion of french fries, that is 14.5 grams of trans fat. So in one sitting, your child has exceeded what he or she should eat for the day in saturated and trans fats.
Mayo Clinic states that lower amounts of saturated fats, and higher levels of unsaturated (preferably monounsaturated) fats like olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, avocados, safflower, corn, sunflower, soy and cottonseed oils are generally healthier.
This sentiment is the same as World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Department of Health and Human Services, both of which stated that a reduction in saturated fat consumption would positively affect health and reduce the amount of heart disease.
I don’t know about you, but I have not found any study, or anyone out there that talks about olive oil being bad for you.
So I love baking with oil. You can substitute olive oil in many of your baked recipes and not be adding more saturated fats to your kid’s diets.
It is a great feeling to watch your kids eat a whole grain cookie that has natural sugars and healthy fats……and your child loves the taste!