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Can I use sesame oil to cook?

Commented on February 03, 2014
Created February 02, 2014 at 5:55 PM

I know I can use avocado, olive, coconut and oils like that but I did not see sesame oil on the list of oils I can use so I was wandering If I could use it

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on February 03, 2014
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agreed. We use it about once a week in asian dishes

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Not all oils are the same.

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Yes, it's very strong and you don't want to use a lot of it.

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on February 03, 2014
at 05:09 PM

Generally, I wouldn't, unless it's pretty low heat. Check out this handy-dandy smoke point guide from Spectrum oils. http://www.spectrumorganics.com/images/uploads/496241e655274.pdf

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on February 02, 2014
at 09:41 PM

Count your PUFAs, and if they are low and you like the stuff, use it.

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on February 03, 2014
at 05:14 PM

agreed. We use it about once a week in asian dishes

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on February 02, 2014
at 07:34 PM

Finish a dish with sesame oil, it's there for flavor, not for lubrication or heat transfer as other oils are.

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on February 03, 2014
at 02:35 PM

Yes, it's very strong and you don't want to use a lot of it.

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on February 02, 2014
at 06:44 PM

It's a gray area. I seem to recall hearing that it's technically a PUFA, and Grok wouldn't have been able to find that many sesame seeds in nature and press them into oil, so some people say no, yet it's been around for hundreds of years and is an integral part of traditional Chinese and Middle Eastern cooking, and it's not as chemically processed as, say, canola oil or soybean oil.

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on February 02, 2014
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Dear @nekokashii,

I would say yes. Sesame seeds are paleo right? Why not oil? I use the oil all the time for cooking and I still lost weight on paleo and have a fast working metabolism. Don't worry about it. : )

Hoep this helps!

- Girl_Gone_Primal

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