Some cooking oils are considered good for you. Others not so good and still others we are told to avoid.
But, there are so many conflicting reports that it can be hard to figure out which is really great for us.
Some fat in our diet is important to help digest fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K. It can also help aid in digestion and help with hormone function.
But, as in all things, some kinds are better than others. Also moderation is important.
The type of oil you do choose to cook with can slightly change the taste and texture of your food. Usually very little, but there is a difference.
The medical community widely regards canola oil as the best cooking oil you can use. It is low in unsaturated fat, high in monounsaturated fat and contains beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.
It has a smoking point of 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
The canola oil we use today for cooking is a genetically engineered sister of the wild rapeseed plant. The fact that it is genetically engineered makes some people think twice before using it.
The wild rapeseed plants produces higher levels of erucic acid, which is a toxin. So, while that can be used for cooking, it is not as healthy and is mostly used for lamps and biofuels along with some types of make-up.
Another choice in cooking oil is olive oil. It comes in different grades; extra virgin, virgin, light, and standard olive oil.
Olive oil is good to use because it is good for your heart, your colon, and has anti inflammatory properties. It contains antioxidants as well as being monounsaturated.
Olive oil tends to give food a lighter texture. It is really excellent for sauteeing.
Extra virgin olive oil has a smoking point of 375 degrees Fahrenheit . Standard grade olive oil has a smoking point of 410-420 degrees and is better if you want to try deep frying with it.
Coconut oil is scientifically said to be very unhealthy. It is complete saturated fat.
But, many countries use coconut oil for cooking and the people are very healthy.
Coconut oil has a smoking point of 360 degrees.
Coconut oil seems to boost the metabolism and also makes a person feel more energetic.
It also does not have any taste or aroma to affect the taste of the food.
So, it really is debatable whether coconut oil is actually bad for you.
It can be hard to find in your grocery stores.
Lastly, we have peanut oil.
Peanut oil is a very healthy oil. It is perfect for frying foods.
Many highly refined peanut oils have had the allergens removed.
Peanut oil is cholesterol free and low in saturated fat. It also contains antioxidants and vitamin E.
It has a very high smoking point of 450 degrees Fahrenheit and is great for sealing in flavor and not allowing absorption of a lot of oil.
There are so many types of cooking oils and it is hard to know what to choose. Vegetable oils are considered healthier than meat based oils.
After that, it is basically up to your preference.
What do you plan to cook or bake with it ?
I recommend you just experiment and find what you like.