Fats and Oils – Which to use!

So my question to you is, what fats and oils do you use when you are preparing meals?

When you walk down the aisle of your favorite grocery store you will find a wide variety of oils which you can cook and bake with. Most of the brands will be Canola or Corn Oil. There are a few other oils located here, as well as in the Deli area or ethnic food sections.

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So here is the list of the oils and fats which we are currently using when we prepare our meals.

Our good Oils and Fats!

  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • Sesame Oil
  • Tallow or Lard

Oils we are currently trying to avoid!

  • Corn Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Soy Bean Oil
  • Grape seed Oil

The list of oils we are avoiding is due to 2 concerns. First is that most are from GMO crops. Secondly is the method which was used to extract the oil. We are normally looking to Extra Virgin or Cold pressed. See below for a quick description of each.

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Expeller/Mechanical extraction

Expeller pressing(also called oil pressing) is a mechanical method for extracting oil from raw materials. I prefer to purchase oils which have been extracted with this method.

Solvent extraction

The processing of vegetable oil in commercial applications is commonly done by chemical extraction, using solvent extracts, which produces higher yields, is quicker and less expensive. The most common solvent is petroleum-derived hexane. This technique is used for most of the “newer” industrial oils such as soybean and corn oils. Note: Also Rape seed (Canola)

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Some may have noticed that I included butter, tallow and lard in with oils and fats that we use. I know that there will be some who are freaking out and say how can you use butter and tallow? Lets start with what I consider most important, TASTE! Yes they taste good. I would like to say that we get organic butter from pasture raised, antibiotic free animals but this is not always the case.

The next which may be causing concern is the tallow. Animal tallow has been used for centuries as a food source as well as for making products such as candles and salves. Beef tallow when stored in an air tight container has an extremely long shelf life, there is no need to add a preservative to it. Most vegetable oils are processed so that they have an extended shelf life, which in turn changes their original composition.

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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable_oil

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_oil

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Neil is usually busy every day with personal development. This entails sipping coffee while reading some inspirational book, then doing some prayerful meditation. Or was that meditative pray, anyways it really looks like he is just snoozing. He will then be doing some form of research to create some wonderful content!

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