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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The oil guide: which to use for frying, drizzling and roasting

Thought you knew which oil to drizzle over your salad and which to roast your potatoes with? Think again.

Scientists have discovered that heating up vegetable oils leads to the release of high concentrations of chemicals called aldehydes, which have been linked to illnesses including cancer, heart disease and dementia.

Until recently, many experts recommended that we avoid olive oil when cooking and instead choose either vegetable or sunflower oil.

However, the new research found that sunflower oil and corn oil produced aldehydes at levels 20 times higher than recommended by the World Health Organisation. Olive oil, rapeseed oil, butter and goose fat produced far fewer harmful chemicals.

The researchers also identified two previously unknown aldehydes in the oil samples.

Professor Martin Grootveld, professor of bio-analytical chemistry and chemical pathology at De Montford University , said: "Sunflower and corn oil are fine as long as you don't subject them to heat, such as frying or cooking. It's a simple chemical fact that something which is thought to be healthy for us is converted into something that is very unhealthy at standard frying temperatures."

Contrary to traditional advice, he recommends people use light (non-extra virgin) olive oil for frying or cooking: "Firstly, because lower levels of these toxic compounds are generated, and secondly the compounds which are formed are less threatening to the human body."

Al Overton, buyer of gourmet oils for the organic supermarket chain Planet Organic, told The Telegraph that people are often confused about fats: "People are always asking me what to cook with. The simple answer is, keep a range of oils. Keep coconut or a similar saturated fat for heavy frying, olive and rapeseed oils for light frying and salads, and pumpkin and avocado oils for dressings and dips."

"More and more, we are realising that the food scientists who scared us away from cooking with certain fats got it wrong. It was our grannies – who cooked with goose fat or butter, ghee or coconut oil, depending on where they came from – who had the right idea."


Graham

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting article to read, thanks.

Jenny S

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

The flip flopping of information is certainly confusing. Our grandparents got a lot right that would serve us well. Thank you for the info. ♥

Linda said...

Very helpful info here. My favourite oils are olive and grapeseed.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Excellent information. Thank you for sharing. We started using coconut oil several years ago and butter too. So hard sometimes to know what to do, as the research is constantly evolving and changing!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Um artigo muito interessante e desconhecia os malefícios de determinados óleos.
Um abraço e boa semana.
Andarilhar

Lowcarb team member said...

Francisco translation: (courtesy of google)
A very interesting article and unaware of the malfunctions of certain oils.
A hug and a good week.