Fried-Food and Cooking oil - What's the Problem?
Fried-food, especially contain chemicals that are a pervasive and growing problem. Processed foods today are what you find the most of. In fact, you have to go out of your way to avoid processed foods.
Even if you are cooking a meal and you want to exclude these unwanted substances, Good Luck, but you are certainly to be applauded for trying.
Lets say you decide to fry some fish. The cooking oil that you use is likely to contain Propyl Gallate. This preservative, used to prevent fats in oils from spoiling and BHA and BHT to prevent the oil from turning rancid.
While this is good for shelf life of the oil, its not so good for you. These same substances are used in a number of foods that you might not even suspect.
Getting back to oil for a minute, In the old days, heavy weight was used to mash the oil from plants. That's how vegetable oil got its name. Today however, Oil is extracted using heat and or chemicals such as hexane.
The result is that nutritional benefits are virtually destroyed, by heat especially. At certain temperatures, heat oxidizes and neutralizes many of the plant's nutrients which makes the oil rancid.
Now that the oil is rancid, more chemicals and high heat is used to bleach and deodorize the oil to remove the color and erase any rancid smell and taste.
Some of these oils are marketed as healthy such as Soybean and Canola
There is hope however, because there are oils that are healthy, you just need to know what they are. Some oils to research are:
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- Olive oil
- Coconut Oil
- Palm Oil
- Sesame Seed Oil