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Old 04-29-2014, 11:49 AM
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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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Old 04-29-2014, 11:58 AM
Location: Jollyville, TX
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I've been using light olive oil for sauteeing and peanut oil for fying, but I've recently switched to grapeseed oil - it has a high smoke point and seems to be "OK" healthwise.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:04 PM
Location: Northern Illinois
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I'm going to continue using Canola oil. I've been using it for 20+ years, I'm still kicking, and I figure I'm gonna die of something. At my age, I'll consider it living on the wild side!!...kidding, but seriously, pretty soon there's not going to be anything left that "some expert" won't decree is harmful. Just pick something and go with it, and quit listening to the experts, I guess!!
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:22 PM
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I hadn't heard it's supposedly bad for you. But as "they" used to say apples were bad for you, then eggs, then oatmeal...all of which they've changed their minds about...I'm not going to worry about it.
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:28 AM
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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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Old 04-30-2014, 05:02 AM
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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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.

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Old 04-30-2014, 05:12 AM
Location: Central Midwest
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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.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:13 AM
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I have been using cottonseed oil for the occasional frying.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:16 AM
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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As I hate to clean frying pans most of my "frying" is done in the oven. Put a sheet of Aluminum Foil on the center rack pre-heat to 415 Put a sheet of parchment paper on top of the foil put what I'm "frying" on that close the door, raise the temp to 425 check on what's in the oven every now and then. If it is bleeding it needs to stay in longer, if it's crispy I take it out, if it's smoking I left it in too long.

Yes I do most of the cooking. wife likes my cooking, but she does hate I'm a slob and don't clean up my mess.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:08 AM
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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I use Grapeseed oil for frying and Olive oil for everything else.
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