Choose the Right Cooking Oil Every Time With This Guide

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2. Coconut Oil

The hip new kid on the block, but the jury is still out on the health claims kicking around. WebMD says that because it’s a vegetable-sourced saturated fat, it’s better than butter but worse than liquid vegetable oil. But if that New York Times-cited study mentioned earlier is right, the difference may not matter.

Coconut oil is being used as a vegan replacement for butter and in everything from stir-fries to granola to vegan cakes to magic chocolate shell ice cream topping.

Unrefined coconut oil tends to have a noticeable coconut flavor and a smoking point of 350 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the same as butter. Use for: Baking, sweating.

Refined coconut oil has a smoke point of 400 degrees Fahrenheit and a subtler, though still slightly sweet flavor. Use for: Higher heat cooking like sautéing, but not high-heat deep frying.

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