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Coconut oil is out. These are the oils you should be using, experts say

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Last week, the American Heart Association said , reigniting a conversation about saturated fat and leaving some confused about what is healthy.听

"There鈥檚 a disconnect between people鈥檚 general beliefs and what the data actually show," said听Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.听

Like a gluten-free lifestyle, Hensrud said benefits of coconut oil aren't supported by good data. Coconut oil is high听in saturated fat. Current data shows saturated听and trans fats raise bad (LDL) cholesterol levels.

When shopping for a healthy oil, Hensrud said go for one with high levels of monounsaturated or听polyunsaturated fats. Both are considered healthy fats that lower cholesterol.

Also, avoid partially hydrogenated oils听鈥 that's the source of trans fat, which raises bad cholesterol.

Here are some of the healthiest oils, as recommended by doctors and researchers:听

High in monounsaturated fats: Olive oil is the shining star of healthy oils in this group. Many experts point to a听 in The New England Journal of Medicine that enrolled 7,447 people ages 55 to 80-years-old and showed eating olive oil (or nuts) greatly reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease. 听also suggests olive oil could help reduce the chance of breast cancer.

The type of olive oil can matter. Extra virgin olive oil has slightly more nutrients, Hensrud said. Sediment in the bottle could actually translate to vitamin E.听

Avocado oil, which contains听, has become a popular choice, and experts say for good reason. It has some of the same properties as olive oil, plus it has a high smoke point 鈥 meaning, it's safe to cook at high temperatures. Oils with low smoke points (think: frying). Safflower and sunflower oils also contain high amounts of monounsaturated fats听and have high smoke points (above 400 degrees).听

High in polyunsaturated fats: The American Heart Association's 听showed听corn oil, soybean oil, peanut oil and听canola oil all contain high amounts of polyunsaturated fats. Canola oil and peanut oil are high in both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Canola is best for baking听because it's largely tasteless and peanut oil is good for frying because of its high smoke point.听

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