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Old 05-25-2006, 02:31 PM   #1
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Healthiest Oil?

There doesn't seem to be any clear concensus on which liquid cooking oil is the healthiest. There is a long list of oils commonly used for cooking but for some reason nobody seems to know which one is best.

Corn Oil
Cottonseed Oil
Canola Oil
Olive Oil
Palm Oil
Peanut Oil
Poppyseed Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
SunFlower Oil
Sunola Oil (sunflower variation)
Coconut Oil

I'm pretty ignorant about most of these types of oil. I just don't have the time to research each one individually. Olive Oil claims to be healthy and there seems to be recent claims from Coconut oil makers that their product is healthy as well.

Can anyone clear this up or refer me to a reputable source of information.


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Old 05-25-2006, 02:38 PM   #2
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I have always gone with olive oil as far as which is healthiest.

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Old 05-25-2006, 02:43 PM   #3
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Canola and sunflower oils are quite healthy also. I suppose as in most things it depends on how much of anything you use.
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Old 05-25-2006, 02:45 PM   #4
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Olive, safflower and canola are in the top teir of healty oils (there may be others). I use olive when I want the flavor of the oil in a dish and canola when I do not want the flavor of the oil in the dish or when I'm using higher heat.
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Old 05-25-2006, 02:45 PM   #5
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Olive oil & Canola oil seem to be the top contenders healthwise these days.

They're the only ones I buy, except for a few specialty oils like peanut for stir-frying, & artisinal types like walnut, truffle, etc., for salads & garnishing.

I've only heard bad things about both palm & coconut oil, not to mention they're not commonly purchaseable for everyday use.
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Old 05-25-2006, 02:47 PM   #6
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Old 05-25-2006, 02:50 PM   #7
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It depends on what you are making and the flavor you want. If baking, I use canola oil, if veggies or meat I use olive oil.
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Old 05-25-2006, 03:16 PM   #8
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The choice of healthy oils is generally made by selecting the oil with the least amount of saturated fats which rules out palm, coconut and palm kernal oil, vegetable shortenings and all animal oils as being healthy. Next you would want to select the oil with the least amount of hydrogenated fats which drops margarines from the healthy list. Of the remaining vegetable oils you will probably want to limit your intake of cottonseed oil since it has nearly twice the saturated fat of most other vegetable oils.
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Old 05-25-2006, 04:03 PM   #9
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Gadzoucks, cocnut oil seems really healthy according to chart. Am I reading it correctly ?


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Old 05-25-2006, 04:11 PM   #10
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What do you mean? It is prooven fact that the olive oil is the healthiest.

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