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When choosing an oil to be used specifically as cooking oil, taste, preference and the dish being prepared are factors to consider. A common use of vegetable oil as a cooking oil would be for frying chicken. Olive oil can be spread on a pizza stone or pan before raw dough is kneaded to prevent sticking while giving the bottom crust a slight flavoring.
Types of cooking oil also differ in nutritional value and amount or type of fats contained. Olive oil may be considered the primary cooking oil to maintain a low carb lifestyle as it contains monounsaturated fat which is good for lowering cholesterol. The benefits of using olive oil as a cooking oil is its easily digestible nature and for providing antioxidants essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. Vegetable oil fat content and nutritional value differ on the source from which it was extracted for use as cooking oil. Some cooking oils contain saturated fat, such as those derived from coconut or palm oil. Other cooking oils such as corn, sunflower or canola are comprised of polyunsaturated fats, which are essential fats for the body, but should be consumed in moderation.
While maintaining a low carb lifestyle, conscious choices as to which type of cooking oil you choose may add additional health benefits.
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