Have you removed the animal products that are causing you inflammation? How about other oils?
This is a huge issue in the United States. Other countries think Americans are stupid and don’t know better. We don’t. They send us all their terrible quality oils and keep the good stuff among themselves. Not only are most of the oils that arrive in the United States already rancid a large portion of the oils that we find on grocery shelves do not even have the plant oils in them that they say they have.
Aside from finding oils that are what they say they are, the rancidity is more of an issue when you find a proper oil. As oils go rancid their smell will change. What is happening at a smaller level is the good quality fats are breaking down, and in essence, turning into bad quality fats. High density lipoproteins (HDL) actually helps our body to scavenge cholesterol from our blood. When these lipoproteins get older they don’t have that same capability. The older your oil is the more likely the lipoproteins will cause more damage than they will help.
Where do I find good quality oil? First you want to make sure you are purchasing an oil that has a press date on it not a best by date. This way you know it is fresh. Olive oil is good for about 2 years after the press date before it becomes rancid. Ideally use your oil within one year of the press date. Second, buy oils in glass whenever possible-ok buy everything in glass and not plastic whenever possible. Many of the chemicals that make up plastic will leach into your oil and encourage the oil to age faster.
The best thing you can do to get good oils is to go to a specialty store and take classes with them to learn more about the oils so you can choose the best ones for your needs. The stores near me often have free tasting classes and those are great to learn more information about the oils you are getting. Sometimes they will also discuss herbs and salts as well-if you are lucky.
Check back next Thursday for removing preservatives, colorings, and flavoring from your food to support your health.
Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. The Dancing Herbalist posts on this blog every Thursday. For more of our posts, join us on Patreon. Join Jillian for live classes in The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online for more learning opportunities or work one-on-one with Jillian with her wellness and herbal consultations.