Eating Healthy For Students And Cooking with Oils

Eating Healthy For Students

For students, eating at college is an entire new ball game, with late night pizza delivery and food
from buggies. Even though some of these quick and simple options taste great, they are probably
not healthy for a student’s body.

The food choices students make can affect whether or not they are able to remain awake during class
and whether or not they will come down with mononucleosis when it hits campus. The problem
is not only about eating junk food, it’s more about not getting the proper proteins, carbs,
vitamins, and minerals that people need.

When it comes to defending against illnesses, vitamins and minerals are very important. Just
because they are important, isn’t a reason for students to run out and stock up on vitamins and
supplements. It’s best for students to get their nutrition from food.

You can find vitamin C in citric fruits, Vitamin A in milk and diary products, and vitamin E in
nuts, whole wheat products, and even green leafy vegetables. This is the ideal way to get
nutrition, as your body relies on these vitamins for many reasons.

When you eat on campus, skip on the soda’s and go right to the juice machines. Explore the
different entrees available and go to the salad bar where there are fresh vegetables. You can
also try putting some broccoli and cauliflower in the microwave for steamed vegetables. There
are always healthy cereals and plenty of fresh fruit available in dining halls as well.

Always remember that eating healthy isn’t just about avoiding greasy foods. Eating healthy
involves getting a balanced diet and getting the right nutrients and vitamins to keep your body
in peak performance – or at least awake during your classes.

Cooking with Oils

Everyone knows the foods to eat that improve health, although how we cook the food can be just as important.
With there being so many oils and butter products claiming to be the best, it can be quite difficult
to know which ones to use and which ones to avoid.

1. Canola oil
Canola oil is a popular oil, with many physicians claiming that it has the ability to lower the risk
of heart disease. The oil is low in saturated fat, high in monounsaturated fat, and offers the best
fatty acid composition when compared to other oils.

You can use canola oil in sauting, as a marinade and even in low temperature stir frying. It has
a bland flavor, which makes it a great oil for foods that contain many spices. Unlike other oils, this
one won’t interfere with the taste of your meal.

2. Olive oil
olive oil offers a very distinct flavor with plenty of heart healthy ingedients. The oil is rich in
monounsaturated fat, helps to lower cholesterol levels and reduce risk of cancer. It’s also rich
in antioxidants and has a very long storage life.

Even though it can be used in cooking, it’s the healthiest when uncooked, such as with a salad or
dipping sauce. When you use it with cooking, you should heat it on low to medium temperatures, making
sure to avoid high heat.

3. Butter
Butter is one food that has been around for many, many years. Butter tastes good, and offers sources
of Vitamin A and other fat soluble vitamins such as E, K, and even D. Butter is also made from natural
ingredients and not chemically or artificially processed.

You can use butter with cooking, baking, or even as a spread. You can also pair it with creamy sauces,
marinades, baked dishes, or even bread.

4. Margarine
Margarine was first introduced as an alternative to high fat butter. When it was first created however,
it was loaded with trans fat, a substance that we now know raises bad cholesterol.

As a cooking oil, margarine tastes good, it’s lower in fat than most oils and butter, and it’s quite
easy to spread. It’s available in a variety of different products and a good source of vitamin E.

When it comes to cooking with oils, there are  several at your disposal. There are many more than
what is mentioned here, although the ones above are the most popular. Eating healthy involves cooking
healthy food – which is where your cooking oil really takes center stage.