I am going to experiment making a savoury cheese crispy snack like Twisties or Cheezels. I have these ingredients in mind.

Corn, Vegetable Oil, Rice, Whey Powder, Cheese Powder (parmesan), Vegetable Salt, Cream Powder, Milk Powder. I will experiment with onion, lemon, lime and chili flavourings.

My question is this. Which of all the vegetable cooking oils is the least fattening? Please do not recommend Canola (aka rape seed oil, as I have heard negative facts about this oil)

Is it possible to source an oil that is nutritious as well as low fat? Or maybe I should just be happy with the healthier options of fatty acids?

  • This question relates to health issues, which are outside the scope of the site. – Martha F. Mar 26 '11 at 15:38

All vegetable oils are 100% fat, and have 900 calories per 100 gramm. It is not possible to reduce an oil's fat content by diluting it, this is only possible with hydrogenated oil (margarine). But low fat margarines are not suited for frying.

When dieting, you have two concerns. First, if you eat more calories than you use up, you get fatter. Second, if you eat just enough, but the weight regulating mechanisms in the body are not in "shedding fat" mode, you don't lose weight. Changing the oil has absolutely no effect on the amount of calories, you just have to restrict the amount of snacks to reduce calorie intake.

The second point could be influenced by oil choice, as different plants deliver oils with different types of fatty acids, and they could have different effects on body chemistry. But discussing such nutritional topics (not the calories count, but the effect of different food on body chemistry) is off topic here on SA, so if you asked more about this, your question will be closed. Anyway, I doubt that anybody here has such information at all. You either need to look it up in a nutritional information source you trust, or just pick any oil. The amount you can consume on a diet is so small that it probably won't make a difference.

  • ok thank you that taught me about oils and still learning who you are as a group and what your expertise and knowledge base is, so thanks for the heads up. To me it is all the same subject but understand that is not the case here : ) – Carol Mar 27 '11 at 1:15
  • You can learn more about our knowledge base and the type of questions allowed here under the link "faq" in the upper right corner, next to the search box. It says clearly that questions about nutrition and dietary properties of food are off topic. A question about how to choose the correct kind of fat for frying is usually on topic here, but if your criteria for choosing are only the health effects, the question is deep in the grey zone. This is probably why your question has no upvotes. Even discussing the number of calories is marginal. – rumtscho Mar 27 '11 at 13:45
  • ah thank you for that learning all the time : ) – Carol Mar 31 '11 at 12:16

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