Best Popcorn Oils
Delicate, pure and all-natural, Grapeseed Oil has an almost neutral flavor with the slightest hint of light, nutty taste. This is the most widely preferred cooking oil for making "Gourmet Popcorn". The best gourmet popcorns have their own "distinct" flavors. The oil you choose just might overpower or change the gourmet popcorn flavor you were expecting.
Grapeseed is a natural product of the wine grape, it has an extremely high smoke point. This means it can reach a very high heat (420°) before the flavor and nutritional qualities begin to break down.
Grapeseed Oil is high in Vitamin E and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. It also contains natural anti-oxidants. Besides being low in saturated fat, it has been shown to raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).
A neutral-flavored oil, canola will not interfere with the subtle flavors that accompany gourmet popping corn. Canola oil is high in monounsaturated fat and low in saturated fats. It is extracted from rapeseed (not grapeseed). Canola oils are a favorite choice of physicians and nutritionists who claim its beneficial ability of lowering the risk of heart disease.
PROS - Best fatty acid composition (good fat versus bad fat). Contains high level of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. High in monounsaturated fat and low in saturated fat.
CONS - Does not store as well as other oils (turns rancid more quickly).
Use care when heating canola oil. Do not bring near its smoke point, which forms a toxin (4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal) that has been linked to lung cancer.
ALL CANOLA OILS THE NOT THE SAME: Lower-priced supermarket canola oil may not be processed in a way that preserves the oil's healthiness; buy expeller-pressed brands, not brands that use heat to extract the oil from the rapeseed.
Pure, all-natural Sunflower Oil (with its low levels of saturated fat) is perfect for high temperature cooking!
Olive oil does have a distinc flavor, but it has many heart-healthy benefits and is a top-selling oil throughout the world.
PROS - Rich in monounsaturated fat and anti-oxidants, olive oil contains "phytochemicals" that can lower your blood cholesterol. Storage life is longer than most other cooking oils. Olive oil can even be frozen (and still retain its nutrients).
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