Should You Always Use Olive Oil to Cook With?
For the longest time, I used to only buy Extra Virgin Olive Oil to cook, both on my stove top and to bake things in the oven. A friend mentioned to me that I should be careful because of the different “smoke points” of oils and that using the wrong type to cook at a high heat could cause the oil to turn “toxic”! Yikes!!!
Turns out that if the oil or other cooking substance you are using has a low smoke point, the beneficial compounds of that oil can break down into a more health harming compound. So it is important to know what oils to use when you’re cooking and baking especially at high temperatures. I explain in more details in this video:
Did You Know This About Olive Oil?
Posted by Denise MacDonald on Thursday, June 22, 2017
A Few of my Favorites
- Avocado Oil– This seems to have the highest smoke point so is pretty versatile when sautéing and stir frying. I also use when roasting veggies.
- Extra Light Olive Oil– This has a higher smoke point than extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). I use this when sautéing spinach and other quick cooking veggies.
- EVOO– Used for salad dressings, drizzling over sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, salads
- Toasted Sesame Oil– This has a low smoke point but is nice to cook asian recipes. Just cook on low.
Check out the smoking points of many oils, butter and shortenings here. This is a helpful list 😉