Types of Oils and Their Uses

Vegetable Oil:Vegetable Oil is probably the most commonly used of all the oils. It can be  used in recipes and for frying. Vegetable oil is actually a blend of several oils, such as corn, soybean, palm and sunflower.

Canola Oil:Canola oil has been said to be one of the most healthy of the cooking oils because of its low saturated fat content and high mono unsaturated fat. It is commonly used in frying, but only with medium frying temperatures, about 450 degrees F.

Corn Oil:Corn oil is relatively low on both saturated and mono unsaturated fats. It is popular in margarine and used in both frying and baking. It should only be used when frying on medium temperatures.

Sunflower Oil:Sunflower Oil is low in saturated fat and high in Vitamin E. Many food manufacturers are recognizing the health benefits of sunflower oil and are using it as the preferred oil in such snack foods as potato chips. It can be used in the home to fry, cook, and for use in salad dressings.

Olive Oil:There are different varieties of olive oil: extra virgin, virgin, extra light, and refined. Extra virgin olive oil is the most common of those used. There are many uses for all varieties, such as stir-frying, cooking, sauteing and as an ingredient in recipes.Olive Oil is also frequently used in salad oils. It is the most healthy of all the oils as it is high in mono unsaturated fat which has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Peanut Oil:Peanut oil is a great oil to use when frying in high temperatures,without the flavor olive oil adds. It is a common oil during the Thanksgiving holiday as many people are using turkey fryers to fry their turkeys, but can be used anytime when frying.Very  high burn point (232 degrees Celsius).High  in monounsaturated fats that help reduce bad LDLHigh  in vitamins A, D and E.As  healthy as olive oil, which is regarded as healthiest oil.

Flaxseed oil:Flaxseed oil is a dietary supplement. The flax plant is a good source of essential omega-3 fatty acids. You cannot cook or fry with it but can be used in non cooked form for dressings, or drizzling on veggies in place of butter.

Coconut Oil:Coconut oil is a tropical alternative to butter and vegetable oils.Substitute unprocessed, virgin coconut oil for vegetable oils such as canola or olive oil for frying.There is some recent controversy on the health benefits.Read about it before you invest in it!

Sesame Oil:Derived from sesame seeds, sesame oil is mainly used as cooking oil in south India and used as a flavor enhancer in Chinese dishes.


One comment

  1. Thanks for this.
    Very helpful

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: