Did you explore a new hobby during a pandemic? Even cooking? One of major used of cooking is oil. Whether there is a just little oil in the pan (sautéing), searing, lightly frying or even deep-frying. Around this time, vegetable oils are used in almost every food which refers to any oil that comes from plant sources including palm, corn, coconut, peanuts to olives.
Before you buy cooking oil, make sure you know its smoke point can handle the cooking method you plan to use. Basically, smoke point of cooking oils is temperature at which it stops shimmering and starts smoking.
As reported by Huffington Post, pure oil has lower smoking point (process of breaking down the oil at certain temperature) than refined oil. Hence, pure oil good for salad for its stronger taste while refined oil with higher smoking point good for sautéing or frying because of its plain taste. So, here are healthy cooking oils you can choose as reported from vary resources.
1. Sunflower Oil
Made from pressing process of the sunflower seeds, this oil known for high vitamin E, low saturated fat, rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6. Vitamin E has many benefits for skin including moisturizing, reduce skin aging, fighting acne and providing a great barrier against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. It has high smoking point and mild taste. That is why sunflower oil perfect for baking, sautéing, frying and making cakes.
2. Canola Oil
Derived from Canola plant, this oil has unsaturated fat makes healthier to cook below its smoking point, 200°C. Along with unsaturated fat, Canola oil has vitamin E to prevent and reduce risk of getting cancer.
3. Sesame Oil
Besides being used as a flavour enhancer in cuisines, sesame oil has array health benefits. Thanks to its protein, magnesium, vitamin B, vitamin E, folic acid and antioxidant which help arthritis (inflammation of the joints), keep your bones healthy, protecting from sun exposure as well as achieving shiny hair. You can use this oil for sautéing, removing fishy smell from fresh meat and keeping pasta or noodles from sticking together.