Being a curious creature, I like to compare things. Recently, I decided to focus on cooking oil. I tend to use canola and olive oil when cooking since they're healthy oils, but as I peruse the shelves of oils at the grocery store, there are so many more to choose from. For easy comparison, I created this breakdown. The oils are fairly similar calorie-wise, but take a look at the saturated fat content. This is the fat you want to limit in your diet, so that's why coconut and palm kernel oil should be used or eaten sparingly. Since some of you may prefer to cook or bake with butter or margarine, I included those at the bottom of the list, just for comparison. I also included oils that you wouldn't necessarily cook with, but that you may find in a list of ingredients on pre-packaged foods. To see the breakdown, keep reading.
Here's the nutritional info for one tablespoon of oil.
|Oil||Calories||Total Fat(g)||Saturated Fat (g)|
|Extra virgin olive oil||120||14||2|
|Hemp seed oil||126||14||1.5|
|Macadamia nut oil||120||14||2|
|Palm kernel oil||116||14||11|
|Smart Balance Margarine||80||9||2.5|