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Why Corn Oil Is Good for Your Health

Healthy Cooking Oils: Page 5

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Of all the so-called healthy oils, corn oil has the lowest percentage of monounsaturated fat (the healthiest type) at 24 percent, so it should be the last oil of choice for those looking to eat a heart-health or diabetes-friendly diet. Corn oil contains primarily polyunsaturated fats, rich in omega-6 fatty acids -- but most of us get plenty of omega-6 fatty acids from our daily diets, and too much omega-6 can overbalance the more important omega-3 fatty acids. Corn oil also contains small amounts of trans fats, considered the unhealthiest type.

Best for: Frying if You Don't Have Peanut Oil
Refined corn oil has a smoke point of 450 degrees, so it's better than canola oil if that's all you have.

Myth: All Vegetable Oils Are Equal
Corn and canola oil are often listed together, but while they both start with C, they aren't equal in health benefits. Because corn oil contains no omega-3 fatty acids at all, it has fewer health benefits than its rivals.