Cooking Oils Properties

5 09 2010

Name: Olive Oil
Use: Stir-frying, cooking, sauteing, ingredient for salads.
Properties: high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidative substances, omega 6 to omega 3, itamins E, K, and A
Health Benefits: protection against heart disease by controlling LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the “good” cholesterol) levels, help to lower blood pressure, helps with Alzheimers as this disease is associated with the clogging of arteries caused by cholesterol and saturated fat. Replacing other fats with olive oil will reduce the risk.
Name: Peanut Oil
Use: A great oil to use at high frying temperatures,
Properties: High content of palmitic acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid,
Health Benefits: Arthritis, Acne, Blackheads
Name: Sunflower Oil
Use: Used as ingredients for snacks such as chips. Used at home for fry, cook and in salads.
Properties: Fair amounts of vitamin E and high levels of the essential fatty acids
Health Benefits: Helps the skin retain moisture, lowers cholesterol and prevents heart disease.
Name: Corn Oil
Use: Used to make margarine, frying, baking but only on medium temperatures as it tend to burn.
Properties: Low in both saturated and mono unsaturated fats
Health Benefits: Cholesterol-lowering effects, good for skin, excessive intake of corn oil is not recommended due to some cancer research results being positive for colon and esophageal cancers.
Name: Canola Oil
Use: Used for frying at temperatures less than 450 degrees, ingredient for salad dressing.
Properties: Low in saturated fats and high in mono unsaturated fats and the best source of omega-3 fats of all popular oils
Health Benefits: Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease
Name: Soybean Oil
Use: It is healthiest when consumed uncooked, such as in salad dressings, not stable enough to withstand high cooking temperatures
Properties: Contains no cholesterol, linoliec and linolenic fatty acids, contain phytosteols, Great source of vitamin E, high in Omega 3
Health Benefits: Helps the body to absorb nutrients from food and help grow healthy cells, natural painkiller and  has anti-inflammatory agents

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