Megan our Osteopath here at Back2Balance has written a blog about how cooking oils create inflammation in the body and what to use instead!



How cooking oils create inflammation in the body – What to use instead!

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In this day and age, a massive contributing factor to inflammation in our bodies is our diets. Acute inflammation such as redness and swelling in the hours after an injury is normal and healthy. However, chronic inflammation in our bodies over long periods of time is now known to be the leading cause of many conditions.

Such as; type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancers and arthritis just to name a few.


Refined omega 6 seed oils such as canola, soybean, corn, peanut, sunflower, safflower, vegetable and rapeseed oil when consumed create inflammation. They are linked to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) which comes from the cell membrane of gram-negative bacteria. This is an endotoxin and is a driver for many bacterial infections. The refined oils create gram-negative bacteria in our intestines which then release LPS/endotoxin which promotes chronic low-grade inflammation.


The effects


The effects of chronic low-grade inflammation from seed oils just to name a few are damage to organs/glands, rapidly aging skin, damage to cells in your body that create insulin which leads to type 2 diabetes. Metabolism can be affected which can impact thyroid health and lead to hormone imbalances. Lastly, because refined seed oils are high in omega 6, they fuel inflammatory pathways but also impact the ability of your anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats to decrease inflammation. 


So, what can you do about this?


Stop using the listed oils! Have a look at labels because they are also in other things. Such as margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressings, pasta sauces, chips and baked goods. You can also get nuts that are roasted in peanut oil so some things to look out for

It will be hard for you to avoid these completely, especially when going out for dinner for example. That is why it is so important to try to eat as healthy as possible when you can. So that if you do go out for dinner or treat yourself to a little something then it’s not going to cause massive problems because you don’t eat them all the time.




  • Olive oil
  • Ghee
  • Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil


If you are interested to know more then I recommend reading the DeFlame Diet by David Seaman. This book gives more of an outline on the mechanisms of how foods create inflammation and also what to eat to decrease inflammation!