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When did man first start using fat in cooking?

According to Wiki it was around 250,000 BC when man first started using fire to cook his meat and it is thought that the fat that dripped out was discovered in a liquid form.

Wiki goes on to inform us that Edwin Kayser, a German chemist, wrote to Procter & Gamble on October 18, 1907, about a new chemical process that could create a solid fat from a liquid and the cooking oil that we have today was born.

There are lots of different oils on the market today. But which one is best?

All contain the macronutrient of fat and so contribute around 9 kcals/37kJ per ml.

There are however a number of key features in oils that contribute to their heat stability and healthfulness.

Ideally it is important to find an oil that has low saturated and trans fat and high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated levels.

Learn more about oils, their composition and how they perform when used in cooking

Also for a wealth of information about the history of the mediterranean diet, how olive oil is good for health, recipes and great resources visit the Olive Wellness Institute  and also  American Heart Foundation

Christmas gift idea

Many oils are available today that have been infused with different flavours such as lemon and lime, truffle, chilli, garlic, avocado etc. These can make healthier Christmas gifts for your friends than the usual bottle of wine or box of chocolates.

One year I had a patient who gave his friends a bottle of avocado oil along with his favourite salad dressing recipe for Christmas. Now there’s an idea.

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