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Cooking oil

Cooking oil is plant, animal, or synthetic fat used in frying, baking, and other types of cooking. It is also used in food preparation and flavouring that doesn't involve heat, such as salad dressings and bread dips, and in this sense might be more accurately termed edible oil.

Cooking oil is typically a liquid at room temperature, although some oils that contain saturated fat, such as coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil are solid.[1]

Types of cooking oil include: olive oil, palm oil, soybean oil, canola oil (rapeseed oil), pumpkin seed oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, grape seed oil, sesame oil, argan oil, rice bran oil and other vegetable oils, as well as animal-based oils like butter and lard.

Oil can be flavoured with aromatic foodstuffs such as herbs, chillies or garlic.

Health and nutrition

The appropriate amount of fat as a component of daily food consumption is a topic of some controversy. Some fat is required in the diet, and fat (in the form of oil) is also essential in many types of cooking. The FDA recommends that 30% or fewer of calories consumed daily should be from fat.[2] Other nutritionists recommend that no more than 10% of a person's daily calories come from fat.[3] In extremely cold environments, a diet that is up to two-thirds fat is acceptable and can, in fact, be critical to survival.[citation needed]

While consumption of small amounts of saturated fats is essential, initial meta-analyses (1997, 2003) found a high correlation between high consumption of such fats and LDL concentration[4] and other risk markers of coronary heart disease.[5] More recent meta-analyses (2009, 2010), based on cohort studies and on controlled, randomized trials, find a positive[6] or neutral[7] effect from shifting consumption from carbohydrate to saturated fats as a source of calories, and only a modest advantage for shifting from saturated to polyunsaturated fats (10% lower risk for 5% replacement).[7]

Mayo Clinic has highlighted oils that are high in saturated fats, including coconut, palm oil and palm kernel oil. Those of lower amounts of saturated fats, and higher levels of unsaturated (preferably monounsaturated) fats like olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, avocado, safflower, corn, sunflower, soy, mustard and cottonseed oils are generally healthier.[8] The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute[9] and World Heart Federation[dead link][10] have urged saturated fats be replaced with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. The health body lists olive and canola oils as sources of monounsaturated oils while soybean and sunflower oils are rich with polyunsaturated fat. Results of research carried out in Costa Rica in 2005 suggest that consumption of non-hydrogenated unsaturated oils like soybean and sunflower are preferable to the consumption of palm oil.[11]

Not all saturated fats have negative effects on cholesterol.[12] Some studies indicate that Palmitic acid in palm oil does not behave like other saturated fats, and is neutral on cholesterol levels because it is equally distributed among the three "arms" of the triglyceride molecule.[13] Further, it has been reported that palm oil consumption reduces blood cholesterol in comparison with other traditional sources of saturated fats such as coconut oil, dairy and animal fats.[14]

Saturated fat is required by the body and brain to function properly. In fact, one study in Brazil compared the effects of soybean oil to coconut oil (a highly saturated fat) and found that while both groups showed a drop in BMI, the soybean oil group showed an increase in overall cholesterol (including a drop in HDL, the good cholesterol). The coconut oil group actually showed an increase in the HDL:LDL ratio (meaning there was more of the good cholesterol), as well as smaller waist sizes (something that was not shown in the soybean oil group).[15]

In 2007, scientists Kenneth C. Hayes and Pramod Khosla of Brandeis University and Wayne State University indicated that the focus of current research has shifted from saturated fats to individual fats and percentage of fatty acids (saturates, monounsaturates, polyunsaturates) in the diet. An adequate intake of both polyunsaturated and saturated fats is needed for the ideal LDL/HDL ratio in blood, as both contribute to the regulatory balance in lipoprotein metabolism.[16]

Oils high in unsaturated fats may help to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and may also raise "good" HDL cholesterol, though these effects are still under study.[citation needed]

Peanut, cashew, and other nut-based oils may also present a hazard to persons with a nut allergy. A severe allergic reaction may cause anaphylactic shock and result in death.

Trans fats

Unlike other dietary fats, trans fats are not essential, and they do not promote good health.[17] The consumption of trans fats increases one's risk of coronary heart disease[18] by raising levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and lowering levels of "good" HDL cholesterol.[19] Trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils are more harmful than naturally occurring oils.[20]

Several large studies[21][22][23][24] indicate a link between consumption of high amounts of trans fat and coronary heart disease and possibly some other diseases. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association (AHA) all have recommended limiting the intake of trans fats.

Cooking with oil

Heating an oil changes its characteristics. Oils that are healthy at room temperature can become unhealthy when heated above certain temperatures. When choosing a cooking oil, it is important to match the oil's heat tolerance with the cooking method.[25]

Palm oil contains more saturated fats than canola oil, corn oil, linseed oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil. Therefore, palm oil can withstand the high heat of deep frying and is resistant to oxidation compared to highly unsaturated vegetable oils.[26] Since about 1900, palm oil has been increasingly incorporated into food by the global commercial food industry because it remains stable in deep frying or in baking at very high temperatures[27][28] and for its high levels of natural antioxidants.[29]

Oils that are suitable for high-temperature frying (above Script error: No such module "convert".) because of their high smoke point

Storing and keeping oil

Whether refined or not, all oils are sensitive to heat, light, and exposure to oxygen. Rancid oil has an unpleasant aroma and acrid taste, and its nutrient value is greatly diminished.[citation needed] To delay the development of rancid oil, a blanket of an inert gas, usually nitrogen, is applied to the vapor space in the storage container immediately after production. This is referred to as tank blanketing. Vitamin E oil is a natural antioxidant that can also be added to cooking oils to prevent rancidification.

All oils should be kept in a cool, dry place. Oils may thicken, but they will soon return to liquid if they stand at room temperature. To prevent negative effects of heat and light, oils should be removed from cold storage just long enough for use. Refined oils high in monounsaturated fats keep up to a year (olive oil will keep up to a few years), while those high in polyunsaturated fats keep about six months. Extra-virgin and virgin olive oils keep at least 9 months after opening. Other monounsaturated oils keep well up to eight months, while unrefined polyunsaturated oils will keep only about half as long.[citation needed]

In contrast, saturated oils, such as coconut oil and palm oil, have much longer shelf lives and can be safely stored at room temperature.[31] Their lack of polyunsaturated content causes them to be more stable.[32]

Types of oils and their characteristics

Lighter, more refined oils tend to have a higher smoke point. Experience using an oil is generally a sufficiently reliable guide. Although outcomes of empirical tests are sensitive to the qualities of particular samples (brand, composition, refinement, process), the data below should be helpful in comparing the properties of different oils.[citation needed]

Smoking oil indicates a risk of combustion, and left unchecked can also set off a fire alarm. When using any cooking oil, should it begin to smoke, reduce the heat immediately. The cook should be fully prepared to extinguish a burning oil fire before beginning to heat the oil, by having on hand the lid to place on the pan, or (for the worst case) having on hand the proper fire extinguisher.

Type of oil or fat Saturated Monounsaturated Polyunsaturated Smoke point
[note 1]
Uses
Almond 8% 66% 26% Script error: No such module "convert". Baking, sauces, flavoring
Avocado oil 12% 74% 14% Script error: No such module "convert". Frying, sautéing, dipping oil, salad oil
Butter 66% 30% 4% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, baking, condiment, sauces, flavoring
Ghee, clarified butter 65% 32% 3% Script error: No such module "convert". Deep frying, cooking, sautéing, condiment, flavoring
Canola oil 6% 62% 32% Script error: No such module "convert". Frying, baking, salad dressings
Coconut oil, (virgin) 92% 6% 2% Script error: No such module "convert". Commercial baked goods, candy and sweets, whipped toppings, nondairy coffee creamers, shortening
Rice bran oil 20% 47% 33% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, frying, deep frying, salads, dressings. Very clean flavoured & palatable.
Corn oil 13% 25% 62% Script error: No such module "convert". Frying, baking, salad dressings, margarine, shortening
Cottonseed oil 24% 26% 50% Script error: No such module "convert". Margarine, shortening, salad dressings, commercially fried products
Flaxseed oil (Linseed oil)[35] 11% 21% 68% Script error: No such module "convert".[36] Salad dressings, nutritional supplement
Grape seed oil 12% 17% 71% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, salad dressings, margarine
Hemp oil 9% 12% 79% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, salad dressings
Lard 41% 47% 2% Script error: No such module "convert". Baking, frying
Margarine, hard 80% 14% 6% Script error: No such module "convert".[note 2] Cooking, baking, condiment
Mustard oil 13% 60% 21% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, frying, deep frying, salads, dressings. Very clean flavoured & palatable.
Margarine, soft 20% 47% 33% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, baking, condiment
Macadamia oil 12.5% 84% 3.5% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, frying, deep frying, salads, dressings. A slightly nutty odour.
Diacylglycerol (DAG) oil 3.05% 37.95% 59% Script error: No such module "convert". Frying, baking, salad oil
Olive oil (extra virgin) 14% 73% 11% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, salad oils, margarine
Olive oil (virgin) 14% 73% 11% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, salad oils, margarine
Olive oil (refined) 14% 73% 11% Script error: No such module "convert". Sautee, stir frying, deep frying, cooking, salad oils, margarine
Olive oil (extra light) 14% 73% 11% Script error: No such module "convert". Sautee, stir frying, frying, deep frying, cooking, salad oils, margarine
Palm oil 52% 38% 10% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, flavoring, vegetable oil, shortening
Peanut oil / groundnut oil 18% 49% 33% Script error: No such module "convert". Frying, cooking, salad oils, margarine
Pumpkin seed oil 8% 36% 57% Script error: No such module "convert". salad oils
Safflower oil 10% 13% 77% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, salad dressings, margarine
Sesame oil (Unrefined) 14% 43% 43% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking
Sesame oil (semi-refined) 14% 43% 43% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, deep frying
Soybean oil 15% 24% 61% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, salad dressings, vegetable oil, margarine, shortening
Sunflower oil (linoleic) 11% 20% 69% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, salad dressings, margarine, shortening
Sunflower oil (high oleic)[37] 9% 82% 9% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking
Tea seed oil[38] 22% 60% 18% Script error: No such module "convert". Cooking, salad dressings, stir frying, frying, margarine
Walnut oil (Semi-refined) 9% 23% 63% Script error: No such module "convert".[39] Salad dressings, added to cold dishes to enhance flavor

Comparison to other types of food