Cooking Oil Comparison

A cooking oil comparison reveals that a pantry can be stocked with more than one cooking oil for best usage.

Cooking oils are essential to every kitchen.  Whether used for frying, baking, bread dipping or salad dressings, they are a staple that makes a cook’s life not only easier, but tastier.  One obvious health benefit of using plant based oils instead of animal fats or lards, is the reduced amount of saturated fats plant-based oils have compared to animal fats.  In this article, we will discuss plant-based cooking oils.

Cooking oils come from a variety of plants ranging from soy (canola), peanut, coconut, safflower, olive, grape seed, avocado to name some more popular oils.  The difference between these include primarily the differences in flavor, level of fats and smoke point.

When cooking, you do not want your cooking oil to reach their smoke point because that is the point where the oil will overheat, begin to smoke and may lose any health benefits of the oil.  Coconut, avocado and grape seed oils are a few of the oils that have high smoke points, meaning that they are suitable for frying or high heat sautéing.  Coconut oil has more saturated fats as it is often solid at room temperature (depending on room temperature) compared to the other vegetable oils.

If each oil is researched, there are many different viewpoints regarding the “healthy factor” of each oil.  For example, many articles now say that canola oil which is made from soy is not good for your health as opposed the popular belief in years past that it was.  Other articles say that coconut oil is great for you, and most agree that cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil is the best provided you eat it “uncooked”.

Extra virgin olive oil is generally used for salad dressings as it has a very low smoking point.  Grape seed extract is supposedly good for brain health, therefore, might have added benefits for using as a higher heat cooking oil.  Sesame oil has a stronger, pleasant taste for adding flavor to your stir-fry.

Beneficial fats can be consumed using moderate amounts of healthy cooking oil.  Olive oil has high omega-6 fats that balance your HDL/LDL cholesterol in order to keep your circulatory system healthy.  Flaxseed oil too is considered good for your health.

Try these oils out, do a cooking oil comparison yourself, and see what is worth adding to your stock of cooking oils!