Best Oil for Cooking
Should I cook with olive oil or canola oil?
Submitted by FitnessEditor

The Mediterranean-diet staple gets all the buzz for being heart-healthy, but the fact is that canola is even better for your ticker. "Both oils contain beneficial monounsaturated fats, but canola has less saturated fat," says Lisa young, Ph.D., R.D., FITNESS advisory board member and author of The Portion Teller Plan. Plus, canola is versatile for cooking. It can be heated to a higher temperature than other oils before it smokes, and its mild flavor is just right for baking or for dressing a salad.

 

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Community Answers (21)

Safflower oil.
Submitted by janwhaites

What about rice bran oil or peanut oil when you have to fry occasionally ?
Submitted by karla.raja

Olive Oil is BEST when used on cold dishes (salad,Homus,tabolula, with tamato, etc.) while for frying Canola or sunflower or Corn oil. Enjoy healthy eating.
Submitted by mdawood1

Grapeseed I have found is the best as long as you use expeller pressed (any oil you use should be expeller pressed).Normally oils are produced by a chemical process- nHexane (used in manufacturing). Grapeseed has a high flashpoint (meaning it can withstand high temps) so you can use less when cooking. It has highest level of polyunstaturated fats and one of the lowest saturated fat levels. It's easier to digest and has no cholesterol, no sodium, helps produce HDL which is the "good" "cholesterol"
Submitted by halat.anna13

canola and grapeseed are frankenoils, stick with olive oil, real butter, coconut oil and ghee (organic)
Submitted by cattus

I READ THAT OLIVE OIL RELEASES DANGEROUS FUMES WHEN HEATED OVER A CERTAIN TEMP.! THOUGH CANīT REMEMBER IF IT INCLUDES EXTRA VIRGIN - I THINK SO.
Submitted by annelee337

I READ THAT OLIVE OIL RELEASES DANGEROUS FUMES WHEN HEATED OVER A CERTAIN TEMP.! THOUGH CANīT REMEMBER IF IT INCLUDES EXTRA VIRGIN - I THINK SO.
Submitted by annelee337

Canola oil is a GMO product! I use olive oil
Submitted by bcd57189

Canola oil is a GMO product! I use olive oil
Submitted by bcd57189

Canola oil is a GMO product! I use olive oil
Submitted by bcd57189

Canola oil is a GMO product! I use olive oil
Submitted by bcd57189

More cholesterol is not necessarilly bad. Olive oil contributes more to HDL (good cholesterol), while canola oil contributes more to LDL (bad cholesterol). However, I recommend coconut oil overall. No matter what oil you choose: moderation, moderation, moderation.
Submitted by nosculio

Through my years of reading, experiments, taste, calorie consumption, I have found the following to be the best and healthiest: Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Macadamian, Ghee (organic clarified butter), Extra Light Olive oil, and Virgin Olive Oil (to be eaten raw only) My next oil to dabble with will be grapeseed oil. Read positive comments on grapeseed oil and its benefits
Submitted by beachbunnypontr

I use grapeseed oil, I thought that was the best.
Submitted by cherylinelkford

@glenz771: The nutrition label doesn't tell the whole story. Read up on canola oil, and you'll find that felicia_tsa is right. The fact that something has "calories" doesn't make it evil.
Submitted by mcnabbmartha

grapeseed oil is the best to cook....
Submitted by lina.bravo

Totaly true about coconut oil, it is better for high temperature cooking. And for butter, maybe it is related to calories, but it helps your body to assimilate minerals. So like we say, moderation is the way to go ! ;-)
Submitted by Benoit

@felicia_tsa...butter = calories. I'd stick with canola oil. I'm not sure what the nutrition label on coconut oil reads, but if it compares to canola oil or olive oil, then I'm sure it's fine.
Submitted by glenz771

no coconut oil is the best for cooking. canola oil becomes rancid when heated and creates free radicals. the best oils to cook with are actually coconut oil and believe it or not butter... NOT FAKE BUTTER REAL BUTTER. these are the best oils to cook with as they are most stable to heat. canola oil and olive oil can be used for light sauteeing but should never be brought to a high heat.
Submitted by felicia_tsa

What is better ? canola or olive oil?
Submitted by dyann515