healthiest oil for deep frying?

topic posted Wed, June 14, 2006 - 1:12 PM by  Unsubscribed
NO not for little brother bought one of those deep fryers. i dont want to have to take care of his heart attack ass when he is what oil should he be using?

and it cant be wierd. he is such a baby with food. he thinks french dressing is wierd and was terrified that i gave him a slice of vegan pepperoni even though it tasted good to him.
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  • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

    Wed, June 14, 2006 - 1:49 PM
    My husband keeps threatening to get one of those. I so hope he doesn't ever actually go through with it. Yuck. Deep fried everything.
    • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

      Wed, June 14, 2006 - 2:45 PM
      If your husband must get one---and really, why shouldn't he ;-)---he could save money if you already have a tallish stock pot/Dutch oven in the house, which I assume you do. He'll just need to buy a basket. And then, the basket can multi-task. It makes blanching, boiling, etc. much easier. And it'll be good for very coarse straining, etc.
  • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

    Wed, June 14, 2006 - 2:33 PM
    not sure if it's the healthiest, but peanut oil has a high heat threshhold so it's less likely to scorch food, otherwise i'd use plain old veggie oil (no veggie shortening - although food would be crispy, it's a saturated fat).
  • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

    Wed, June 14, 2006 - 2:39 PM
    Canola oil (rapeseed). I think it has one of the better (best?) ratios of HDL/LDL effects. And it works well. Easy to find in any supermarket.

    Deep frying is awesome! Just yesterday I again made tons of tortilla chips, around five quarts.

    And the goat-cheese-stuffed deep fried morels my friend and co-worker recently told me about....... God, I'll probably make some of them next week.

    All things in moderation???

    • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

      Fri, March 2, 2012 - 5:42 PM
      Hi Chris,
      I thought I might share some facts on deep frying. I too thought canola was great for a while. I recently found out that 80% of rapeseed is GMO or genetically modified.

      Also, Remember that GMO is in Corn, Soy, Canola, Cotton. These are very dangerous. Sooooo your deep fried corn chips, do the research.

      Blessings brother.

      Paul Ayoub Naugatuck canola article amazing info on GMO ( just sent them a a nice support donation..awesome job)
      • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

        Sun, March 4, 2012 - 8:00 PM
        all , 6 pm hst • 
        10w 30 ?
        Just a - j o k e - everyone
        Drain well on paper towels or newpapers and do not eat chcken skins
        Dunkin Donuts and Wack Arnolds ( Mikey D's ) stopped using lard long ago yet Krispy Kreme ® still uses lard , i believe
        There are some niƒty little deep fryers out there at yard sales , for eggplant and ulu , breadfruit and other yummy delights √
        Sounds like a job for Sponge Bob ® , fry cook :) <3
  • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

    Wed, June 14, 2006 - 2:56 PM
    Deep frying is never healthy, but for frying, lard is actually the healthiest. Animal lard, which is solid at room temperature, has a much higher heat threshhold. When it is heated to a high tempurature, it immediately creates a crust or a barrier between the food and the heated oil. When foods are fried in liquid vegetable oils, they absorb much more fat because you can't heat them to the same temperature as lard without burning them. The only exception to the vegetable oil rule is coconut oil/butter, which is also solid at room tempurature, and because it is a tropical oil, has a very high threshhold for heat. Also, canola oil should never be heated. It changes the molecular structure of that oil and makes it very, very unhealthy.
    • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

      Wed, June 14, 2006 - 2:59 PM
      Holy smokepoint.

      Sage, can you please post a link or reference about the canola oil information?

      I'm vegetarian so lard's out of the question for me.
      • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

        Wed, June 14, 2006 - 3:12 PM
        Hey Chris ~ Here ya go! Although the first website lists coconut oil as an unhealthy saturated fat, you are not consuming it as you would butter when you are frying in it. The fact that it is a highly saturated tropical fat is precisely what makes it good for deep frying. There is a very good book out that is called The Good Fat Cookbook. The first half of the book is really a lesson in fat, truths and myths, with the second half containing recipes. Highly recommened for anyone interested in educating themselves about all fats, whether you are a vegetarian or not.
        • Unsu...

          Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

          Thu, June 15, 2006 - 12:43 AM
          does the coconut make stuff taste like coconut at all. i have used it as lotion and hair smells good..and i would love my stuff to taste like it but i dont know if he would. haahaa

          plus there are so many uses it would be totally worth buying bulk.

          he uses canola oil now and i though the same thing as stated as in it being not such a great idea.
          • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

            Thu, June 15, 2006 - 4:10 PM
            Hey Violet ~

            Having never cooked with coconut oil, I wouldn't know how it tastes. I suspect it would have a slight coconut flavour, though. In the sixties and the seventies, a lot of snack treats and crackers were made with coconut oils until the soybean oil manufacturers, who were making margarine, lobbied to have it deemed as "bad," and margarine as "good." As we all know today, margarine is really, really bad, but coconut oil contains lauric acid which is an immune booster that is also found in, get this, mother's milk. It is also good for people who are suffering from hypothyroid because it actually helps to increase the metabolic rate.

            Here are a few websites for more information on how you can obtain coconut oil.

            Omega Nutrition:

            Quality First International, Inc.:
            (They sell Virgin Oil de Coco-Creme, a delicious, fragrant coconut oil.)

            Red Mill Farms:
            (They sell Jennie's Macaroons which are high in lauric acid and have been used therapeutically by HIV-AIDS patients as an immune system booster. They are gluten-free, wheat-free, lactose-free, and sulfite-free and provide 7 grams of lauric acid. However, they also have 310 calories and 34 grams of sugar. Yikes!) Jennie's Macaroons are also available at natural and health food stores.

          • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

            Thu, June 15, 2006 - 6:23 PM
            When I had my high school job as a teenager (early 90s), I worked at a movie theatre and we used coconut oil for popping popcorn and there was no weird taste at all (not even when we made special employee batches of double oil popcorn - you've never seen popcorn such a neon yellow orange before!)
  • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

    Wed, June 14, 2006 - 3:04 PM
    i don't do deep frying, but i tend to use grapeseed oil whenever i can (it has a high smoke point, it's very light, it's got good EFAs, unlike olive, it doesn't impart a taste to the foods you're cooking it in)

    it's going to be spendy for deep frying, though....and actually, lard if you're not vegetarian is definitely more healthy than hydrogenated shortenings (if he's combining his deep fried fare with lots of bitter greens, ala southern cooking, it's probably a pretty good balance).

    if he's using it to make his own french fries....well, at least he knows he's not using hydrogenated oils!
  • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

    Fri, February 16, 2007 - 6:07 PM
    General FYI on cooking with oil since I havent seen anyone mention it is Macademia nut oil. According to my Biochemistry prof its the healthiest oil for cooking. It does give food a slightly nutty flavor, but its great for pasta and salad dressing and stuff. Its awesome in brownies. Just thought I would mention it.
    • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

      Mon, February 26, 2007 - 7:50 PM
      I would reccomend grapeseed oil. It actually (when consumed raw) lowers bad cholesterol. It has a non-intrusive flavor, and can be heated longer and at a higher temperature than most every oil. Falafal time!!!!
      • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

        Mon, February 26, 2007 - 8:51 PM

        this is simply copied from the link on my previous post. If you want more detail (for example, why high smoke point oils are the best) check the link.

        Avocado 510°F
        Almond 495°F
        Apricot Kernel 495°F
        Canola (Super High Heat) 460°F
        Safflower (Super High Heat) 460°F
        Sunflower 460°F
        Palm Fruit 450°F
        Safflower, High Oleic 445°F
        Sesame 445°F
        Canola 425°F
        Grapeseed 425°F
        Walnut 400°F
        Safflower, High Oleic* 390°F
        Coconut 365°F
        Soy 360°F
        Sesame* 350°F
        Peanut* 350°F
        Toasted Sesame* 350°F
        Olive* 325°F
        Corn* 320°F
        Coconut* 280°F
        Borage* 225°F
        Evening Primrose* 225°F
        Flax Oil* 225°F
        Enriched Flax Oil* 225°F
        Ultra Enriched Flax Oil* 225°F
        Wheat Germ* 225°F

        OMEGA-3-6-9 SOURCES
        High Heat Sunflower Oil 82%
        High Heat Canola Oil 78%
        High Heat Safflower Oil 78%
        Olive Oil* 76%
  • Re: healthiest oil for deep frying?

    Sun, May 17, 2009 - 12:13 PM
    As a veteran nutritionist, I need to remind everyone that canola and peanut oils are not the healthiest for you by any means, but any time you deep fry there is usually very little oil used in each serving (a couple tablespoons maximum, usually less!) Now, the overall best oil out there in my professional opinion would be Avacado Oil. Very high smoke point, which when it comes to deep frying, is important, and it is by far one of (if not) the healthiest oils out there. Loaded with monounsaturated fats and high levels of vitamin E, if you have access to this oil, USE IT! It is comparable to Olive Oil as well, so its a good all around oil for all foods.
  • Sunflower?

    Wed, May 2, 2012 - 7:05 AM
    I can't see a consensus here.

    Coconut oil = could be used at low heats but generally the smoke point is just too low
    Canola = controversial... let's just skip that one for the moment
    Avacado = not available anywhere I've seen
    Lard = Doesn't soak up as much not for vegetarians and the religious
    Olive oil = useless because it denatures at such a low point
    Soybean&grapeseed = Not sure if this would withstand use in deep fat fryer, not sure how hot the fryers tend to run
    Sunflower = seems like the best option?

    Cargill engineered oil = Nice idea but unfortunately Monsanto have a reputation for anticompetitive practices that are the kind of thing that gives capitalism a bad name - aka GM altering a crop to deliberately destroy natural crops and create a new dependancy of people on their product. Not against GM but this is a ripoff and not an option.

    I can see quite a few options but not sure which would be best for my workplace. We employ indonesian cooks unfortunately and everything is fry-centric. I thought about banning the deep fat fryers for a while but I'm not sure that would result in better food... instead of replacing with other food I think it might just lead to less range of food choice...
    • Mo
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      Re: Sunflower?

      Fri, May 4, 2012 - 6:04 AM
      Sorry, I missed it... what is the controversy wrt canola oil? I usually use canola oil for baking, when I want a neutral oil. I've been experimenting with coconut oil lately, which is good, but it does definitely have a coconut taste/smell to it.
      • Mo
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        Re: Sunflower?

        Fri, May 4, 2012 - 6:13 AM
        Ah, OK just found the link above. Interesting.
        • Re: Sunflower?

          Fri, May 4, 2012 - 1:35 PM
          A; Olive oil √ sez Popeye Ω
          • Re: Sunflower?

            Tue, May 8, 2012 - 10:12 AM
            almond oil -- no flavor, high temp ok
            • Re: Sunflower?

              Sun, September 30, 2012 - 7:48 PM
              All these conflicting views and opinions on which oil is the most healthy to use. I think I'll just not bother using any kind of oil at all. You all obviously think you are right, there seems to be no consensus on the issue so the best thing for anybody who reads these posts looking for an answer (like myself) is to just not use all in the first place.

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