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NON-TRADITIONAL VEGETABLE OILS – THE FAKES

-: sunflower-seed oil, rape-seed oil, soya-seed oil, grape-seed oil, cotton-seed oil :- One molecule away from plastic? The process of refining seed vegetable oils into either cooking oil or hydrogenated vegetable fat for either domestic or industrial use is a classic example of how the industrial cook has managed to bastardise fresh produce into a fake food product to suit their economic purposes not our nutritional needs – and then present it to the everyday cook as healthy and fit for purpose. It is perhaps a bit of a misnomer to suggest that margarine and vegetable shortening derived from seed vegetable oils are one molecule away from plastic – but the sentiment (if not the science) is sound. HOW NEW SEED VEGETABLE OILS ARE REFINED: There are three problems associated with the relatively new seed vegetable oils: Firstly, when cold pressed they taste bitter and unpalatable resulting in a small if non-existent market for them.  Secondly, being polyunsaturated they are highly unstable and prone to turning rancid when exposed to oxygen, light and heat. Thirdly, most …