Corn Oil

Corn oil is a refined vegetable oil widely used in cooking and especially deep frying.
It also has many other applications and is commonly used for industrial purposes or as an ingredient in cosmetics.
Corn must go through a complex refining process to produce corn oil.
This process gives the oil many unique characteristics, though not all of them are positive.

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    ABOUT CORN OIL

    Corn oil is a refined vegetable oil widely used in cooking and especially deep frying.
    It also has many other applications and is commonly used for industrial purposes or as an ingredient in cosmetics.
    Corn must go through a complex refining process to produce corn oil.
    This process gives the oil many unique characteristics, though not all of them are positive.

    Corn oil nutrition

    Corn oil is 100% fat, containing no protein or carbs. One tablespoon (15 ml) of corn oil provides:

    • Calories: 122
    • Fat: 14 grams
    • Vitamin E: 13% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)

    During the process of extracting corn oil from corn, many vitamins and minerals are lost. Still, the oil has a fair amount of vitamin E.
    Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that acts as an anti-inflammatory antioxidant in your body.

    Uses and how it’s made

    Corn oil has a variety of uses, both in cooking and non-cooking applications.

    It’s used as an industrial cleaner and lubricant, as well as to make fuel for gasoline- and diesel-powered engines. Plus, it’s included in many cosmetic products, liquid soaps, and shampoos.
    Still, it’s best known as a frying oil. It has a very high smoke point (the temperature at which oil begins to burn) of about 450°F (232°C), making it ideal for deep-frying foods to perfect crispness without burning them.
    Corn oil is widely available, making it a popular choice for home cooks. It can be purchased at almost any grocery store and used in many ways, such as for:

    • sautéing and frying
    • salad dressings and marinades
    • cakes, bread, and other baked goods

    Is corn oil healthy?

    Corn oil contains some healthy components like vitamin E and phytosterols, but overall it’s not considered a healthy fat.
    That’s because it’s highly refined and high in inflammatory omega-6 fats that should be limited in a typical Western diet.

    There are many healthier alternatives to corn oil. For example, extra virgin olive oil comes from naturally fatty olives that can simply be pressed to extract oil, requiring no chemical processing.

    Olive oil also contains fewer polyunsaturated omega-6 fats than corn oil and is instead rich in monounsaturated oleic acid, which may aid weight management.

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