Why Are Oils Important?

Why Are Oils Important?

Oils provide essential nutrients to our health; as such, they are included in USDA recommendations for what to eat – in moderation, of course!1

Health Benefits Of Oils

Oils are a major source of mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats, the two main types of potentially helpful dietary fats.2 These fats, found in fish, nuts and vegetable oils, like corn oil, may help lower cholesterol levels.3 Other recent evidence shows these fats may even help control the fat around the waistline.4

Oils contain naturally occurring vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which may help reduce the risk of health problems, such as heart disease and cancer. Vitamin E also may help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which contributes to plaque buildup in the arteries.5

Cooking With Oil

According to a recent survey, 81% of respondents say they use cooking oil at least once a week.6 Choosing the right kind of cooking oil can be a simple, delicious and healthy way to bring out food’s flavor. Not sure which oil to choose? Check out this chart for more information.

Portion Control

While consuming oil is essential to our health, it is important to limit the amount of oil consumed to balance your total fat and calorie intake. The Nutrition Facts label provides information to help make smart choices when selecting heart-healthy cooking oil and determining how much to consume.




1. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/foodgroups/oils_why.html
2. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fat/NU00262
3. American Heart Association-
4. http://cchealth.clevelandclinic.org/heart-health/tips-eating-heart-smart
5. http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamine#h6
6. Research was conducted online using Synovate’s omnibus service, eNation. Each eNation wave conducts 1,000 U.S. consumer interviews (500 male, 500 female) that are geographically and demographically reflective of the U.S. adult population. 818 interviews were conducted among cooking oil users. Results for these 818 respondents have a confidence interval of +/- 3.4% at the 95% level. Interviewing occurred July 19-21, 2011.