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What do you think of the "handy dandy oil comparison chart?"

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

http://smallbites.andybellatti.com/handy-dandy-cooking-oil-comparison-chart/

I guess it's getting some press, since a friend of mine who eats normally sent it to me. I wrote back "Interesting that more people are realizing the dangers of excess omega-6. It's odd that coconut oil is "healthy" but other high-saturated oils are not. I guess they are assuming lauric acid is healthier than palmitic acid? I'm not sure the evidence there is air-tight, one of my friends has a good blog post on that http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/01/does-dietary-saturated-fat-increase.html. And grain-fed butter definitely has more omega-6 than peanut oil. And it's not that hard to get sustainable palm oil if you buy it from Whole Foods or something, though it's definitely probably bad stuff (environmentally) if you see it anywhere else, like candy."

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:21 PM

I think I had a dyslexic moment and at first read this to say that it must be getting some press because a friend who normally eats sent it to you. Which was hilarious.

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on February 14, 2012
at 04:02 PM

Nance, I don't think being adventurous with oils is a good thing on paleo...

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on February 14, 2012
at 04:01 PM

"Olive oil -> very low in omega-6". Not at all! It has 4 times more omega-6 than coconut oil, I believe.

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on February 13, 2012
at 11:27 PM

My whole foods stopped carrying Palm oil

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:18 PM

The chart made me realize I'm not very adventurous with oils; EVOO, a little coconut oil and Kerrygold are pretty much it for me.

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:14 PM

I really did not know it was possible to make oil from tea plants.

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:11 PM

I don't like this chart, it isn't the least bit useful and is inaccurate. Grain-fed butter is not high in omega-6 at all, 1 tbs, 100 calories, about 400mg of omega-6 http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/0/2 that is one third of olive oil and 1/4 of avocado oil, and 1/3 of lard, while lard is said to be low in omega-6 and grain-fed butter is said to be high in it. --- Don't mind me, I'm just being a pedant. I claim the right to do so on paleohacks!

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:10 PM

I don't like this chart, it isn't the least bit useful and is inaccurate. Grain-fed butter is not high in omega-6 at all, 1 tbs, 100 calories, about 400mg of omega-6 http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/0/2 that is one third of olive oil and 1/4 of avocado oil, and 1/3 of lard, while lard is said to be low in omega-6 and grain-fed butter is said to be high in it. Both of them would be lacking in the CLA and ALA content, but that isn't the topic.

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:09 PM

Gives some insight into how many weird cooking oils are available now...

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on February 13, 2012
at 08:53 PM

I'd like to know where tallow and schmaltz would be on the chart.

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on February 13, 2012
at 10:37 PM

I think Andy Bellatti is a smart (and nice!) guy and we paleo folks overlap his views nicely in many, many places (especially regarding real vs industrial food). But Andy's framework is from the vegan perspective, so it's not a surprise that we'd have issues with his ???handy dandy oil comparison chart.???

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on February 14, 2012
at 03:02 PM

I think it is quasi helpful, when trying to explain to people why canola/soybeen/vegetable oil is not good for them in a "For Dummies" kind of way. What does everyone think/know about his suggestion to buy olive oil in cans, not jars? I have never heard that before... Thoughts?

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:12 PM

I don't like that it shows grass-fed butter and lard as being "High in 'Bad' Saturated or Trans Fats" along with grain-fed butter, margarine, hydrogenated coconut oil and shortening.

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