Going on a ketogenic diet is one of the most popular types of dieting. It’s a low-carb, high-fat diet that involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat.
It does wonders to those looking to lose weight, without the burden of tracking their calorie intake. In fact, a study on PubMed found that people on a ketogenic diet lost 2.2 times more weight than those on a calorie-restricted low-fat diet.
One of the best ways to supplement your daily fat intake is by cooking with monounsaturated and saturated fats normally found in specific oils.
Natural oils, in particular, are recommended not only for their health benefits, but their moisturizing, protective, and antibacterial qualities that create smooth, glowing, and healthy-looking skin. Here’s a list of some of these double wonders.
Avocado oil has one of the highest monounsaturated fat percentages among all cooking oils, second only to olive oil. It can withstand high cooking temperatures making it perfect for grilling, roasting, or using in salad dressings.
Avocado oil is also rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids that soothe the skin and decrease redness due to UV exposure. However, Live Science notes that avocado oil tends to be more expensive and harder to find – this is why people prefer to use olive oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The average Greek consumes around 20 liters of olive oil a year, and Greeks have an average life expectancy of over 80 years old.
Extra virgin olive oil is made up of 100 percent fat and has similar properties to avocado oil. It has also been found to improve glycemic index and insulin regulation, which helps with weight loss.
Extra virgin olive oil also helps with anti-aging, osteoporosis, and skin damage by adding a protective coating on the skin. It’s naturally high in squalene which functions as a barrier to keep your skin smooth and soft underneath.
Hazelnuts themselves are rich in vitamin E, B, and oleic acid. Its fatty acid content is similar to avocado and olive oils.
Hazelnut oil is also an excellent carrier oil. Carrier oils are mixed with stronger oils that are too harsh to apply directly onto the skin. Healthy Focus notes that it’s also a type of astringent – one that helps tightens the skin, shrink pores and eradicate bacteria.
Pop Sugar informs that sunflower oil is high in omega-6 which is a good source of fatty acid that’s essential in low-fat diets, as the body can’t produce it.
For those who don’t want to cook with it, they’ve started creating sunflower oil redesigns like NuSun and high oleic sunflower oil that aim to rectify these properties and are more Keto-friendly.
Pretty Me notes how sunflower oil concentrate can act as an anti-inflammatory due its being rich in Vitamin E. It also reduces ache, irritation, and general redness of the skin.
Healthline explain how coconut oil helps the skin by being high in antimicrobial properties. This can prevent skin conditions like “acne, cellulitis, folliculitis, and athlete's foot” which are caused by bacteria or fungi.
Coconut oil can also help reduce inflammation by improving the body's antioxidant status. This could help reduce pain for conditions such as contact dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.