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Many "vegetable oils" are simply refined soybean oil, cottonseed, safflower, corn, or grapeseed oil.
Refined oils are processed under high heat and pressure, and use industrial solvents, such as hexane, in the refining process.
Most processed foods, fast foods, and deep fried foods are cooked with unhealthy oils called hydrogenated oils - aka - trans fats.
Most trans fats are highly reactive because they are prone to oxidation and free radical production when exposed to heat and light.
Processed soybean oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil, and safflower oil are composed mostly of polyunsaturated fats.
There are good fats that lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol).
Vegetable shortenings are high in trans fats, which are considered the unhealthiest of all fats.
The best fats are those high in mono-unsaturates and other important nutrients such as oleic acids and omega-3 fatty acids.
Coconut oil has been described as "the healthiest oil on Earth."
Canola oil, known as rapeseed, is commonly sprayed with pesticides, so be sure to look for organic, expeller-pressed brands of canola oil.
Peanut oil is about 30 percent polyunsaturated fat and 20 percent saturated.
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