Cooking Oil Facts: Soybean oil
Soybean oil is one of the most cost effective and readily available cooking oil. Soybean oil is a type of oil extracted from the soya bean (legume soja max). It is derived from a range of processing that enhance it. It is the most commonly used oil commercially and in home cooking.
This oil has a high smoking point (446 degrees F), and can be used for frying foods. This indicates that the food will absorb less oil. This oil is more suitable for baking and frying, rather than as a salad dressing.
Importance of Soybean Oil
Soybean oil is high in poly and monounsaturated fats, and very low in saturated fat. Polyunsaturated fat makes up the majority of the this oil. It is also the principal source of omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin E. It is also low in saturated fat. In its liquid form it is free of trans fats. For this reason it is considered ideally suited to a healthier lifestyle.
Recommendation for Soybean Oil
Some studies claim that the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in the soybean oil can help reduce the risk of heart disease. There are some claims that the vitamin E in soybean oil can enhance the health of one's skin by evening the skin tone and reduce signs of aging. Soybean oil is plentiful in supply, cheaper than many other oil, and thus is most popularly used in the cooking of commercial foods.
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