Is refrigerated at the store
Is shipped refrigerated
Not left in a storeroom unrefrigerated
Kept in a dark bottle
Has an expiration date or a recent production date
Kept refrigerated in your home
Used up or thrown out no longer than 2 weeks after opening
It's a bit of a challenge to use flax oil, but because you can get the Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids from flax oil, you may find that using this substitute for vegetable oil worth the extra effort.
What Can You Use as a Substitute
For Vegetable Oil in Cooking?
Olive oil should NOT be used as a substitute for vegetable oil in cooking, except in very low heat uses such as baking or using a double-boiler. Olive oil's monounsaturated fats will go rancid under high heat such as you would use for pan frying or stir fry.
Rice Bran Oil
Rice bran oil is an excellent substitute for vegetable oil and a healthy cooking oil. It has been shown to have some cholesterol lowering effects, has almost no flavor and has an extremely high smoke point. Some health conscious restaurants have switched over to using exclusively rice bran oil because of its healthy profile and high 'smoke point'.
The 'smoke point' is the point at which an oil begins to burn and having a high smoke point is an advantage for pan frying or stir frying. Contrast that to the low smoke point of butter, which almost everyone has seen burned on the stove. Just make sure that your rice bran oil is made from organic and NON-GMO rice as the detrimental health effects of GMO products have been well-documented in the book: Seeds of Deception.
Coconut Oil is an excellent choice for a healthy cooking oil and is so healthy that entire books have been written on the subject of the health benefits of coconut oil. Since coconut oil is already a 'saturated' fat, meaning that its molecular bonds are already full, these bonds can't get saturated with oxygen, which is what makes oils go rancid. Coconut oil also has a high 'smoke point', meaning that it takes a very high heat to make it burn. Contrast that to the low smoke point of butter, which almost everyone has seen burned on the stove. I recommend Raw Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for an excellent source of this healthy fat.
While coconut oil has an extremely light and pleasant coconut flavor that is hardly noticeable, there are some that find it objectionable or find that the flavor, while pleasant, just doesn't go with specific dishes. In these cases, rice bran oil is an excellent choice.
I hope that this will help you to find a good Substitute for Vegetable Oil and other Polyunsaturated Oil that you can use as part of a healthy diet. I personally use Raw Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for just about everything and put it in oatmeal, drizzle it over vegetables and lean meats, put it on baked potatoes, 'grease' pans for baking, melt it as an oil for baked goods, use it to cook pancakes, eggs, stir fry and you can even use it as a skin moisturizer, chapped lip balm and massage oil too! There is not a much more versatile and healthy vegetable oil substitute than coconut oil…
Keep reading to find out why the danger of coconut oil and other saturated fats has been overblown and exaggerated and why (gasp!!) they might NOT be bad for you...
Dangers of Saturated Fat
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