All About Oils
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Title: All about oils
Categories: Food, Information
Yield: 1 Servings
Canola Made from rape seeds. Canola oil has a bland flavor and is
good for cooking and salad dressings. It has approximately 6 percent
less saturated fat than other oils.
Corn Made from the germ of the corn kernel. Corn oil is almost
tasteless and is excellent for cooking because it can withstand high
temperatures without smoking. It is high in polyunsaturated fat and
is used to make margarine, salad dressings and mayonnaise.
Olive A monosaturated oil extracted from tree-ripened olives. Olive
oils range from light amber to green in color and bland to extremely
strong in flavor. Olive oil is graded according to its degree of
acidity and the process used to extract the oil. Oil labeled "virgin"
is cold pressed, a process using no heat or chemicals and contains
low levels of acidity. Oil labeled "pure" uses heat and chemicals to
process olive residue from subsequent pressings.
Peanut Made from pressed, steam-cooked peanuts. Peanut oil has a bland
flavor and is good for cooking because it doesn't absorb or transfer
flavors. Its smoking point is slightly lower than corn or safflower
oil. Contains 17 percent saturated fat.
Safflower A clear, almost flavorless oil made from the seeds of
safflowers. Safflower oil is a favorite for salads because it doesn't
solidify when chilled. It has more polyunsaturated fat that other
oils but lacks vitamin E.
Sesame Made from pressed sesame seeds. Sesame oil comes in two
varieties: light (made with untoasted sesames) and dark (made with
toasted sesames). Light sesame oil has a nutty flavor and is
especially good for frying. Dark sesame oil (Asian) has a stronger
flavor and should only be used in small quantities for flavoring
foods -- not cooking. Both varieties are high in polyunsaturated fat.
Sunflower Made from sunflower seeds. Sunflower oil is pale yellow and
has a bland flavor. It is a good all-purpose oil low in saturated fat
and high in polyunsaturated fat.
Vegetable An inexpensive and all-purpose blend of oils made from plant
sources such as vegetables, nuts and seeds. Most vegetable oils are
made from soybeans and are high in polyunsaturaed fat and
monounsaturated fat but low in saturated fat.
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