There’s a lot of confusing information out there about cooking oil. Understanding the process in which these oils are made can help clear up the confusion.
Why? While the source of the oil is important, what’s most important is how the oil is made. Oils like extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are produced through a pressing method. This helps to retain the natural antioxidants. It also allows the oil to be in its natural state, unlike vegetable oils. Vegetable oils, such as canola, peanut and soybean, are created through a chemical process, altering the state of the oil. The natural antioxidants are destroyed, so chemical preservatives such as BHT are added. Petroleum solvents and chemicals to improve color are often added to vegetable oils. The high heat process these oils go through, changing the state of the oil, have been known to cause heart disease.
Swapping frugally: Grocery stores like Meijer, often have extra virgin olive oil on sale and even on clearance. Trader Joe’s offers good prices on their varieties of extra virgin olive oil. Amazon often has low prices on coconut oil. Right now you can get Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2) for as low as $7.12 per tub through their Subscribe and Save program or $5.99 a tub with Amazon Mom and 4 other S&S items. Vitamin sites like Lucky Vitamin offer lower prices on coconut oil than many stores.