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Old 04-30-2014, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Canola oil has to better for a person than some oils like vegetable or peanut.

I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil if I fry things, which isn't very often and I have no problem frying with this.
But, sometimes, there are things which just don't taste right unless fried.
You are wasting money. Plain old hot press olive oil will taste just as good as extra virgin after being subjected to frying temperatures. Save the expensive extra virgin oil for uncooked salad dressings and dips.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:01 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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I have used Canola oil for 4 years or so and I was just waiting for the bad rap to begin. So now I am hearing one bad thing after another about using Canola oil. At first it was touted as the best thing that came along in a long time. But if the bad stuff is true about using Canola oil then what alternative is there. They say that olive oil isn't really good for cooking but is good for adding to salads etc. Vegetable oil is supposedly too processed to be good for ones health. Then there is good ol' butter. Maybe that's the answer, the thing to use. What about lard? Any suggestions?
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Canola oil should have never been approved by the FDA and there was plenty of funny business there to get it approved! If you read the reports of people dropping dead from heart legions after consuming rapeseed oil which contained erucic acid, and realize that Canola is rapeseed oil where they have attempted to select out the erucic acid, only they didn't get it all, you'd likely agree. Then they took this already unhealthy oil and created a GMO version! If it doesn't say non-GMO, it's the GMO version. But... it is bad either way.

Anyway, peanut oil is a good idea for occasional high heat frying but for most cooking, UNrefined, not refined, organic coconut oil is my preference.... healthier and tastier. As long as you keep the heat no higher than medium, it doesn't smoke. Stir-fries, eggs, pan fry fish, are all safe.
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I don't use Canola oil at all. Never had, and I steer away from any products containing that crap in high quantity ( trace amounts in many cases are not avoidable)
For everyday cooking I use Safflower oil and I am quite pleased with it.
Finally, it's going public. After years of moms noticing how easily their kids bruise was just the tip of the iceberg. WTG all. Olive oil here. I don't deep fry, but when I did it was Crisco.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:33 AM
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I think if you use small amts. here and there, it's okay. Use Olive oil mostly. Butter has lots of saturated fats--wouldn't use that too much. Saturated fats aren't good for heart health--lots of studies show that. I use Smart Balance/Olive Oil one for everyday buttering and so forth.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:36 AM
 
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I have always used and will continue to use butter, extra virgin olive oil, lard and shortening. I really don't care what the experts say about anything. Different oils for different dishes all in moderation.
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:44 PM
 
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If you want to avoid vegetable oils, you could very easily clarify butter. It's not flavorless but I like it. I read a book called "fat" that pretty much demonized all vegetable oils for being unstable and having potentially harmful effects on your health ( though that has to be true of a lot of things) and the book is full of recipes on cooking with animal fat
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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I have used Canola oil for 4 years or so and I was just waiting for the bad rap to begin. So now I am hearing one bad thing after another about using Canola oil. At first it was touted as the best thing that came along in a long time. But if the bad stuff is true about using Canola oil then what alternative is there. They say that olive oil isn't really good for cooking but is good for adding to salads etc. Vegetable oil is supposedly too processed to be good for ones health. Then there is good ol' butter. Maybe that's the answer, the thing to use. What about lard? Any suggestions?

I'll give up reading before I give up olive oil or canola oil.
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Old 04-30-2014, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I use peanut oil for frying and olive oil for everything else.
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Old 04-30-2014, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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Who says canola oil is bad for you?
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Up North in God's Country
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I use extra virgin olive oil. The only thing I've ever heard bad about it was not to cook with it at very high temperatures.
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:23 PM
 
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There really isn't any concrete proof that canola oil is any worse than any other refined oil. Most of the ruckus comes from the fact that many commercial oils are processed using the organic solvent hexane. The hexane simply aids in the removal of more oil from the rapeseed (the seed canola oil is pressed from). Because of the chemical nature of hexane, any residue is easily removed by using distillation. If the process really bothers you, you can buy canola oil that is unprocessed. But, let it be known, you are exposed to more hexane filling your gas tank one time than you would be over a lifetime of using processed canola oil.
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