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What can I use instead of vegetable oil?
People worldwide are increasingly seeking to substitute vegetable oil with healthier alternatives and lend a richer flavor to food
. Vegetable oil can harm your health because of chemicals in the extraction process. These chemicals are known to cause inflammation in the body.
Apart from health reasons, some oils also lend a rich flavor or very mild flavor that does not overpower the food’s natural taste.
Or perhaps its something a little less dramatic, like you dont have any in your kitchen right now.
Here are some alternatives to vegetable oil.
Butter. Butter is suitable mainly for dishes that require rich and flavorful tastes. It can be used as a 1 to 1 ratio substitute for cooking oil for baking cakes, cookies, brownies, and muffins.
Ghee: Also known as clarified butter, ghee has a high shelf life and does not require refrigeration to store. The most notable health benefit of ghee is its high smoke point which prevents oxidization and changing into unhealthy fats.
It is also packed with Choline, Omega-3, Omega-6 fatty acids, butyric acid, and vitamins A, D, E, and K. It is ideal for cooking that requires high temperature and deep drying.
Apple sauce: Apple sauce has a slightly sweet flavor to it, and therefore it doubles as a sweetener to an extent. It also serves as a moisturizing agent and an ideal oil for baking, particularly for cakes and muffins. As it contains polyphenols, it is good for reducing blood pressure.
Olive oil: Olive oil has a not overpowering flavor and hence ideal for sprinkling over salad or mixed into a salad dressing. You can also use it for marinades or sauces for fish, meat, poultry, and vegetables.
In terms of health benefits, it has a high content of healthy monounsaturated fats. It also contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
It has large amounts of antioxidants and is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Olive oil can prevent strokes and is protective against heart diseases.
Rice barn oil: Rice barn oil is extracted from the chaff of rice of the outer covering of rice grain. As it has a high smoke point of 232 °C (450 °F) and mild flavor, it is ideal for high-temperature cooking methods such as deep-frying and stir-frying.
It is a popular choice of cooking oil in several East Asian countries. Because of its mild flavor and neutral taste, you can use rice barn oil for cooking almost any kind of dish.
The phytochemicals and antioxidants present in rice bran oil improve cardiac health. It is beneficial for diabetic patients as it improves insulin resistance.
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