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    Healthier alternative

    I'm looking for a healthier alternative to corn oil for general cooking. Any recommendations?
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    Canola oil- it has less saturated fat than corn oil.

    Also, there's an oil out there that's called Enola (or Enova, can't remember), and you can get it at those expensive stores like Whole Foods. That oil has like 0 fat and the news report I saw on it said that it helps people who like to cook with oil with prevention of adding on extra fat- in effect, it helps to manage your weight better. They actually TRIED to find a doctor to refute the claims made, but they could only find doctors to support it. I was impressed.

    I've been using it myself, and it's helped me to keep my weight down, I think. I'm definitely seeing my clothes looser, but then again, I'm also eating a little better too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koffee Brown
    Canola oil- it has less saturated fat than corn oil.

    Also, there's an oil out there that's called Enola (or Enova, can't remember), and you can get it at those expensive stores like Whole Foods. That oil has like 0 fat and the news report I saw on it said that it helps people who like to cook with oil with prevention of adding on extra fat- in effect, it helps to manage your weight better. They actually TRIED to find a doctor to refute the claims made, but they could only find doctors to support it. I was impressed.

    I've been using it myself, and it's helped me to keep my weight down, I think. I'm definitely seeing my clothes looser, but then again, I'm also eating a little better too.

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    Koffee,

    That's what I thought about Canola, but then you see crap like this propaganda and it make you wonder (just for a second).

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    I like mustard BTW. I use it instead of Mayo 99% of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobsled
    Koffee,

    That's what I thought about Canola, but then you see crap like this propaganda and it make you wonder (just for a second).

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    I like mustard BTW. I use it instead of Mayo 99% of the time.

    In my opinion, those links look like crap. I'm sure if I did a simple search, I'll find links that say Vitamin C is bad for you. I'm sure there are tree-hugging, whole food advocates that would say just that, then try and sell you a product that would REALLY suit your needs (hint hint).

    If Canola was really that bad, it wouldn't be on the shelves. Seriously.

    Remember when they said that Orbit gum caused cancer in mice and they pulled the gum back in the late 70s/early 80s? Turns out the mice had a gene that humans don't have that when combined with one of the chemicals in the gum, caused some of them to get cancer. Still, they didn't bring back Orbit gum until the mid 1990s.

    Do a bit more reasearch on some valid, educated sites with respected authorities before making a decision about this kind of stuff if you're that concerned.


    My 2 cents.

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    here is a link debunking that crap about canola oil being dangerous.
    http://www.snopes.com/toxins/canola.htm
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    Personally I use extra virgin Olive Oil for just about anything other than frying at very high temperatures
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    Canola and extra virgin olive oils are the best, having the most beneficial ratio of monooly fats and relatively low triglycerides and saturated fat. Make sure they are good quality as both can become rancid rather quickly if not handled properly.

    Just as an aside, the more you heat oil, the worse it becomes for you. So if you are frying, cook the dish as quickly as possible with olive or canola oil.

    Oil is great for you cold over salad, especially flaxseed, fish and olive

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    What about good ol' fashioned LARD?! (Sorry, it's a Texan thing)

    I run a restaurant, and have noticed more and more guests are starting to ask what type of oil we use in our fryers. At my restaurant, we use canola, but there are many that use 'scientificaly engineered' oils that last longer in the fryer with 'less flavor transfer'. One supplier even sells a 'butter flavored oil substitute' that is the consistency of gravy and the color of orange juice.
    Another thing to look out for is anything that contains 'tropical oils'. There are some of these oils that remain in solid form at body temp.

    At home I use primarily olive oil, and have stopped eating anything fried when dining out, just to be on the safe side...

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    If you can find it, my favourite oil for a lot of cooking is macadamia nut oil. I understand that it has the highest percentage of monounsaturated fats available in cooking oils (around 80%). It has a really high smoking point too, so is great for stir-frying etc, and a light flavour that works great for a lot of cooking styles.

    Most of my cooking uses either virgin or extra-virgin olive oil for mediterranean style foods, macadamia for asian and pan-asian stuff, and canola for frying.

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    Hi,
    I recently discovered grapeseed oil. Great if you want a taste lighter or subtler than olive oil. Supposed to be good for you too. I use olive for a lot of cooking, but keep a natural corn oil around for mexican, corn muffins, that sort of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetray
    What about good ol' fashioned LARD?! (Sorry, it's a Texan thing)

    I run a restaurant, and have noticed more and more guests are starting to ask what type of oil we use in our fryers. At my restaurant, we use canola, but there are many that use 'scientificaly engineered' oils that last longer in the fryer with 'less flavor transfer'. One supplier even sells a 'butter flavored oil substitute' that is the consistency of gravy and the color of orange juice.
    Another thing to look out for is anything that contains 'tropical oils'. There are some of these oils that remain in solid form at body temp.

    At home I use primarily olive oil, and have stopped eating anything fried when dining out, just to be on the safe side...
    Does that include Crisco?



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    I run a restaurant
    I visit Carlsbad yearly and stay at the Best Western and my wife and I do some riding along the coast.

    Which restaurant do you run?

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    I use olive oil.
    I prefer my oil to be pressed, rather than extracted by chemical solvents.

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    You all forgot peanut oil, any of the nut oils are generally good and they add agreat depth of flavor to whatever you are cooking.
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    Posted by ngateguy - 10-24-03 at 07:54 AM
    You all forgot peanut oil, any of the nut oils are generally good and they add agreat depth of flavor to whatever you are cooking.

    Posted by MichaelW - 10-24-03 at 07:03 AM
    I use olive oil.
    I prefer my oil to be pressed, rather than extracted by chemical solvents.
    Peanut oil is good, usually I just use olive oil, I will add sesame oil to the skillet when i do stir fry, great flavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
    I visit Carlsbad yearly and stay at the Best Western and my wife and I do some riding along the coast.

    Which restaurant do you run?
    I run a restaurant in San Marcos, which is about 10 miles east of Carlsbad. We're a steak house called Old California Mining Co. Come hungry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koffee Brown
    Does that include Crisco?
    SURE! We could even enjoy the pure, wholesome goodness of pork fat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetray
    I run a restaurant in San Marcos, which is about 10 miles east of Carlsbad. We're a steak house called Old California Mining Co. Come hungry...
    Okay - we havbe enjoyed the Veracruz?? Fish House in both Carlsbad and San Marcos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
    Okay - we havbe enjoyed the Veracruz?? Fish House in both Carlsbad and San Marcos.
    We're right across the parking lot from the San Marcos Fish house. Just look for the waterwheel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetray
    SURE! We could even enjoy the pure, wholesome goodness of pork fat!
    mmmmm pork fat *drool*
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    Went to the grocery store this weekend and picked up a bottle of Canola Oil. Haven't tried it tho.
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    try it.
    it's terrible

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacob
    try it.
    it's terrible

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    All oil is terrible. It tastes like... oil!

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    Ummmm,
    taking oil straight out of the jar is prob not a good idea. Canola oil is popular because it is a light tasting oil that is healthier than some of the alternatives. The thing about fats is that they carry flavor. If you want to jazz up a dish, drop in a tablespoon or two of a good oil or butter immediately before serving (give it a quick stir). In any case, if you want BAD taste, canola doesn't even come close. Try flax or hemp oil straight out of the bottle for a genuinely unpleasant experience.

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    Healthier alternative

    or gasoline...
    my point is that canola, also called **** seed oil,
    is very low in a certain type of fat; therefore, when you take it, it has a different effect than olive oil.
    I have had many oils without anything else, just because I did that doesn't mean it's a bad thing.
    omega 3 fatty acids can be good for the brain
    maybe the part of the effects of the **** seed oil I don't like is the effects on the cerebral realm.
    but, of course I guess there is a place for this oil.
    canola oil makes me rather tense after ingestion.

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