Oil has been used to enhance the flavor of food since the time of ancient Greece. However, the Lung Health Institute wants chronic lung disease patients to know that there are six oils you should avoid. All six of these oils are discussed in our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™.
Six oils that are bad for your chronic lung disease
Our LHI health care team knows that you’re used to using oils to make your food more tasty. However, we want you to know that there are six oils that may cause your inflammation levels to rise if you use them for cooking when you have a chronic lung disease. These six oils are all refined oils, and they all have high levels of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. The six oils we recommend you avoid are:
- Soybean oil
- Sunflower oil
- Peanut oil
- Sesame oil
- Corn oil
- Canola oil
Oils that may be good for your chronic lung disease
All of the six oils chronic lung disease patients should avoid are commonly used in cooking. Without them, you may think you’re doomed to have tasteless food, but there are some alternatives. One oil recommended for chronic lung disease patients in LHI’s Anti-Inflammatory Initiative, or AI2™, plans is avocado oil. Another good alternative oil you may be able to use for cooking is coconut oil. Extra virgin olive oil is also a great alternative oil for cooking if you’re struggling with a chronic lung condition. With olive oil, you may want to look for a brand that’s stored in a dark glass bottle. This is because light may cause olive oil to oxidize, and oxidation reduces the inflammation-fighting properties of olive oil.
All three of these oils are high in omega-3 fatty acids, and they may help to fight your lung tissue inflammation.
Our AI2 plans may help you in other ways, too
AI2 plans from the Lung Health Institute are specifically designed to include tips that may help you reduce the inflammation caused by chronic lung conditions. These plans may also help you to improve the functioning of your immune system and help your body use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel. Contact our health care team today for more information or to schedule a free initial consultation.