Refined VS Unrefined Oils
Which Is Better For Household Cooking?
With the vast array of cooking oils available on supermarket shelves, it’s not surprising that you feel overwhelmed. Finding the right oils can be tough if you have no idea what to look for. On a very fundamental level, it is crucial to be aware of whether your cooking oils are refined or unrefined. Which one is better? Read on to find out more!
Refined oils are oils that are processed using high heat and chemicals, such as hexane to extract the maximum amount of oil from the seeds. In the refining process, the oil undergoes degumming, neutralisation, bleaching, deodorisation, in which different chemical solvents are employed. Making oil is such a simple process but why do refined oils still exist? The reasons are:
Unrefined oils refer to oils that are minimally processed using mechanical extraction (pressure) and with minimal or no usage of heat. During the process, no chemical solvents, no high-heat temperatures and no further refining are used to alter the colour and scent of the oil. In most cases, they are also referred to as “cold-pressed”, “virgin” or “extra virgin”. They are either cold-pressed or expeller-pressed from the seed, nut, etc.