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Old 02-14-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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Best cooking oil?

I'm getting REALLY conrfused...

I want to buy a healthy cooking oil and one that I can also use for salad dressings (so it cant be like coconut oil or butter and solid at room temp)
... so I was researching online and found this chart about omega-3 (good) and omega 6 (bad/inflammatory) fatty acids.
Coconut oil has NO omega-3?? Canola oil appears to have a lot, and the ratios of omega 6:3 actually look better for it than butter or lard?
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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Hey Strawberry,

I am interested in what might come of this thread too.. I get confused. I KNOW most veg. oils are bad news. I use a mixture of olive oil and butter OR coconut oil for most cooking.. and I have bought cold pressed walnut oil and pistachio oil for making my own salad dressings (working on a few good homemade salad dressing recipes) and I want to make Mayo with the pistachio oil to see if it might be a sub. for olive oil mayo.. I just don't love it.

So lets see who has some more info...
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:30 AM   #3
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I think if you read the whole article including their recommendations at the bottom they are pretty much on the money. I personally use olive oil, butter or coconut oil for almost everything, though I do use lard for deep frying.You have to look at the overall oil profile, not just the omega 6 to 3 ratio. Look at the percentages for each oil. Canola has a high raw percentage of omega 6 and also PUFAs. Also, almost all canola (made from rape seeds) is genetically modified. I don't eat coconut oil for omega 3, but because it is high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). My personal guideline is that if I wouldn't eat the food the oil came from then I try not to eat the oil. Works pretty well overall.

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Old 02-14-2013, 11:57 AM   #4
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I think the issue with canola too is how it's processed. if you are going to eat it, better to get some gently expeller pressed stuff.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:19 PM   #5
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I use macadamia or avocado oil on my salads. I primarily cook with butter or coconut oil, or sometimes olive oil (I have a jar of olive oil in my fridge that has roasted garlic in it. Very yummy!). I also occasionally use lard, bacon grease, or other "dripping" from previous cooking.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:15 PM   #6
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I use olive oil on salads, macadamia oil in baked goods, and avocado oil for making mayonnaise.

IMO keeping total polyunsaturate low is more important than the ratio within those small fractions. A good guideline is less than 10g omega-6 per day.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:25 PM   #7
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I am ordering walnut and rice bran oils. We've booted out all the hydrogenated stuff. DH already has blockages, so we're playing it safe. I think someday, I'd like to make mayonnaise from the avocado oil.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:43 PM   #8
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I love olive oil ...evoo is best for moderate or less heat, but the "light" olive oils have a high smoke point and can be used for anything other than deep frying
I don't like to cook with coconut oil because it always smokes up on me.
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I love olive oil ...evoo is best for moderate or less heat, but the "light" olive oils have a high smoke point and can be used for anything other than deep frying
I don't like to cook with coconut oil because it always smokes up on me.
I always try to go by 'low and slow' with coconut oil. I cook primarily in cast iron, and because it gets so hot, I usually have the burner at about halfway with olive oil, but, with coconut I go 3/4 down, and take my time. It's my favorite for my eggs.
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does avocado oil have a strong or distinct flavor to it?
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:39 AM   #11
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does avocado oil have a strong or distinct flavor to it?
No, none. Pretty much tasteless.
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Can I just clarify that avacado oil is good for cooking
at high temperatures? I only use oil for cooking not dressing so is avacado oil my best bet?

I like extra virgin oil but have heard that's not good at high temperatures.

Need to know mainly for bacon, eggs.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:56 PM   #13
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I use olive oil, butter and coconut oil for frying, avocado or olive oil for salads and avocado oil for making really awesome mayo. And bacon grease if I have it especially for warm spinach salad and fried eggs.
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Honestly, I use extra virgin olive oil for cooking at high temps all the time. However, if you are concerned, coconut oil or butter are also good.
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Peanut oil. I use that crap on everything! I buy it by the gallon.

It's almost like, "Your peanut oil jug is so fat..."
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Can I just clarify that avacado oil is good for cooking
at high temperatures? I only use oil for cooking not dressing so is avacado oil my best bet?

I like extra virgin oil but have heard that's not good at high temperatures.

Need to know mainly for bacon, eggs.
Avocado oil is a great high temp oil. It's smoke point is 480 degrees.

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Honestly, I use extra virgin olive oil for cooking at high temps all the time. However, if you are concerned, coconut oil or butter are also good.
EVOO is one of the worst to cook with. Very few can afford or even get the absolute highest quality of OO that has a moderate smoke point. It should not be cooked above 250 degrees. Most experts agree OO is only for salad dressings and top dressing already cooked food.

Macadamia nut oil is good also but it tastes nutty so may not work for everything.
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I use grape seed oil for salad dressings.
I cook in butter or bacon drippings.
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EVOO is one of the worst to cook with. Very few can afford or even get the absolute highest quality of OO that has a moderate smoke point. It should not be cooked above 250 degrees. Most experts agree OO is only for salad dressings and top dressing already cooked food.
I do get the good kind.
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I do get the good kind.
Where from? I would be interested as it's gets so difficult finding OO that isn't fake.
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