‘Cooking Oils Week’ – Coconut Oil. Because coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it gives it a higher smoking temperature than most polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils – around 200oC -230oC, after it’s been refined and stabilised. Unrefined coconut oil smokes in the range of 175 °C. That’s about the same as butter or lard.
Unrefined coconut oil smokes in the range of 175 °C. That’s about the same as butter or lard. For very high temperature cooking I usually use avocado, grapeseed or macadamia oil.
Coconut oils contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a healthy form of saturated fat compared to trans fat. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with heart problems, depression, cancer and increased cholesterol levels.
Preservatives such as sulphites 220-228 are found in most packaged foods. Sulphites are known to cause inflammation and allergic reactions when ingested, or even inhaled – so be sure to buy organic coconut products. #CookingOilsWeek #coconutoil