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Is This Cooking Oil Actually Healthy?

Is This Cooking Oil Actually Healthy?

Take our quiz to find out.

Different-size drops of various oils.
Photo Illustration by Chelsie Craig

Oils are a staple in the pantry, but their high fat content often earns them a bad rap as an unhealthy food ingredient. Whether made from corn, soybeans or peanuts, not all oils are created equal. Some can lower our blood levels of LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol and raise our HDL, or “good,” cholesterol — others may do the exact opposite. And while research shows that some oils are associated with lower risks of cancer, others are not the health boon that some trends might have you believe.

Since cooking oils come in so many varieties, it can be difficult to parse all the options, figure out how different types affect our bodies and make the best selections for our health. Take this quiz to see how well you know your oils.

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True or false? Coconut oil is healthier than olive oil.

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How much more saturated fat does coconut oil have than olive oil?

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True or false? For high-heat cooking, you should use an oil with a low smoke point.

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Which of the following is NOT an established benefit of replacing saturated fats in your diet with unsaturated fats?

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Which of the following does olive oil contain? Select all that apply.

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Select the two oils with the highest levels of saturated fats.

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True or false? Canola oil is one of the healthiest oils to cook with.

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Some studies have found that lauric acid, the main type of fatty acid found in coconut oil, can raise …

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What is a vegetable oil?

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Studies have found links between consuming olive oil and lowered risks of which of the following? Select all that apply.