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What's the healthiest cooking oil?

What do you use?

Sat. Apr 5, 7:21pm

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Extra virgin olive oil or canola.

There is something about cooking temps with these though which I am not sure about. Anyone know?

I am also looking at starting to use flax seed oil. Anyone have eperience with it?

Sunday, April 06, 2008, 10:40 AM

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heating the oil can take health benefit out of it

I use a little spray pam or try to steam with water if possible.
I watched a show that said to be careful when you cook with oils because once you heat it, the heat changes the property of it taking the health benefit out adding toxicities to it. (It made since the way they explained it anyway)

Monday, April 07, 2008, 5:10 AM

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I also use the cooking spray but from time to time I use some EVOO, we all need to have some of those "good" fats in our diet, you can't lose it if you don't eat some of it! I really have noticed a difference when I add one to two tablespoon to my cooking a couple times a week and switch off that with the spray oil.

Monday, April 07, 2008, 9:22 AM

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The spray oil is typically just vegetable oil. It's listed as 0 calorie b/c it sprays such a fine mist. If you use a lot of it, it's still a lot of calories.

I use it anyway. But, it's not the same as steaming, etc.

Monday, April 07, 2008, 11:06 AM

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For frying things, I like to use almond oil when possible. It however is NOT cheap. It is a high heat oil though, so it can withstand the heat. However, canola is what most commercial places use to say their fried foods are trans fat free.

Monday, April 07, 2008, 9:18 PM

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Pam or EVOO of course . 'Dont over use it but it is a good fat to put in your diet occasionally.

Friday, May 23, 2008, 4:07 PM

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"once you heat [oil], the heat changes the property of it taking the health benefit out adding toxicities to it"

Only if you heat it too much. Every oil has a temperature at which it starts to break down.

I like olive oil, but it breaks down at a comparatively low temperature, relative to other oils. Don't crank the heat up all the way.

Thursday, June 05, 2008, 4:01 AM

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I love to cook at higher heats so I use grapeseed oil. It has a clean taste, can be used at heats up to 420 degrees F, and also has better viscosity and seems to go further and coat the pan better with less oil than either canola or EVOO, and it is just as heart-healthy. It is a bit more expensive but not much.

Thursday, June 05, 2008, 9:55 AM

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I've seen it recommended that you should cook with water or dry heat, then add a little oil just before serving.

Thursday, June 05, 2008, 10:03 PM

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