Cooking Oil - what do you use?

Cooking Oil - what do you use?

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What cooking oil do you use at home

1) olive oil
9
27%
2) canola oil
11
33%
3) Corn oil
1
3%
4) soybean oil
2
6%
5) peanut oil
3
9%
6) palm oil
1
3%
7) safflower oil
1
3%
8) coconut oil
0
No votes
9) sunflower oil
5
15%
 
Total votes : 33

Cooking Oil - what do you use?

Postby Busymom » Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:07 am

What cooking oil do you use at home?

Olive oil is definitely healthier, but it isn't suitable for high temperature cooking such as deep frying. Is canola oil a better choice for such cooking as deep frying?
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Re: Cooking Oil - what do you use?

Postby kids_r_innocent » Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:17 am

Am currently using sunflower oil.

Guess we can still use olive oil for normal frying but save canola or sunflower oil for deep frying.

Any particular brand of olive oil to recommend? :idea:
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Re: Cooking Oil - what do you use?

Postby Busymom » Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:10 pm

kids_r_innocent wrote:Am currently using sunflower oil.

Guess we can still use olive oil for normal frying but save canola or sunflower oil for deep frying.

Any particular brand of olive oil to recommend? :idea:


Have added in sunflower oil for you to vote. :smile:

Yes, I am also wondering what brand or type of olive oil to use for cooking. Apparently should go for the refined type rather than cold pressed, as the latter is more for eating with salad or bread.
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Re: Cooking Oil - what do you use?

Postby cherrygal » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:22 pm

Just saw a health programme and the dietician recommended that we buy different types of oil to use. That is, start with sunflower oil, when that's finished, use canola, then when finished, buy olive and so on... this ensures we dun over consume a certain type of oil and allows us to get the benefits from different oils. Butter is also ok to use but not vegetable shortening (Trans fat).
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Re: Cooking Oil - what do you use?

Postby lim72 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:36 pm

Soya bean oil is polyunsaturated fat which will reduce bad fat (saturated fat) whereas monounsaturated can't.
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Re: Cooking Oil - what do you use?

Postby gladyschan » Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:01 pm

Olive oil isn't suitable for all cooking, esp fried eggs. It gives fried eggs this disgusting aftertaste. I only use olive oil for frying vegetables (kailan, xiao bai cai etc).
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Re: Cooking Oil - what do you use?

Postby Busymom » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:12 pm

cherrygal wrote:Just saw a health programme and the dietician recommended that we buy different types of oil to use. That is, start with sunflower oil, when that's finished, use canola, then when finished, buy olive and so on... this ensures we dun over consume a certain type of oil and allows us to get the benefits from different oils. Butter is also ok to use but not vegetable shortening (Trans fat).


That's an interesting view about rotating amongst different oil. So far I have only read about different oil having different smoke point and how some oils have lower smoke point and thus not suitable for high temperature cooking.

I thought butter is high in saturated fats which is unhealthy to over consume? :?
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Re: Cooking Oil - what do you use?

Postby Busymom » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:17 pm

lim72 wrote:Soya bean oil is polyunsaturated fat which will reduce bad fat (saturated fat) whereas monounsaturated can't.


I thought olive oil is monounsaturated fat, it should be better than polyunsaturated fat, right? :scratchhead:

See info contained in the following link

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/guides/oils.php
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Re: Cooking Oil - what do you use?

Postby Busymom » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:04 pm

gladyschan wrote:Olive oil isn't suitable for all cooking, esp fried eggs. It gives fried eggs this disgusting aftertaste. I only use olive oil for frying vegetables (kailan, xiao bai cai etc).


Probably true but I wonder which type of olive oil is most suitable for cooking.

Can read up about the different types of olive oil here

http://www.bewellbuzz.com/nutrition/best-cooking-oil/
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Re: Cooking Oil - what do you use?

Postby caroline3sg » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:20 pm

I use soybean & sunflower oil, the 2 being the lightest colour on the shelf. I understand olive oil is for spaggetti and salad and canola for deep frying.
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