This is a major topic for many to discuss! One of the biggest questions people ask me is: should I use vegetable oil for my oil baked goods or canola oil for my baked goods? I have an answer for that, as it turns out.
It’s hard to say, because there are two types of plant oils, but most of what we eat on a daily basis is canola oil. For example, we eat a lot of corn, tomatoes, and olive oil. These are all canola oils so we can make canola oil baked goods and not worry about how we would use it, unlike vegetable oil, which makes baked goods that are so many variables and will have to be tested on a regular basis.
To make baked goods that need less oil or that are healthier, you can use a combination of canola and olive oil. Canola oil is a higher quality of oil that can withstand higher temperatures, so it is best for frying, baking, and cooking. There are also many health benefits to eating canola oil, like reducing the likelihood of developing heart disease or stroke and it can reduce cholesterol levels, so it makes sense to use it in baked goods as well.
We’ve already been using canola oil in our baked goods. Olive oil from the Mediterranean, such as in olive oil on toast, olive oil in pizza, and olive oil in olive paste, is also high quality and can withstand high temperatures, so it is best for frying, baking, and cooking. It’s also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, so it makes sense to use it in baked goods as well.
Well that was a mouthful. I mean, as I said, this is true for many items in our lives that we use in baked goods, and there is a clear reason for it. The same applies to your home, which you can probably guess from the above statement. But the fact is I do not use canola oil in my home because I have not had an episode of heart disease or stroke, and the reason is probably that it has a lot of good things in it.
I actually try to avoid canola oil in my home. I do not want to use it because it can contain lauric acid (which in my opinion is a toxic substance), but also because I have not had an episode of heart disease or stroke, and the reason is probably that it is a lot better for your heart than other oils because it has not as much saturated fat.
Canola oil is a good oil because it has the least saturated fat of all oils. However, there is a big difference between canola oil and vegetable oil in terms of saturated fat. Vegetable oils have an average of about three times as much saturated fat as canola oil. Canola oil has about one and half times as much.
I have to say, I really like canola oil. When I bake my bread, I use about 20% canola oil and about 80% vegetable oil. I have not been able to find any major nutritional differences between these oils.
In terms of health concerns, you should only use canola oil in your baking if you are vegan or if you don’t wish to make your own food. Vegetable oil has a much higher level of saturated fat and other unhealthy constituents.
Vegetable oil and canola oil both have a lower level of saturated fat than butter, so they are good choices for baking.