What's In Vegetable Oil? Labels Make It Tricky to Tell The Columbus Dispatch

What's In Vegetable Oil? Labels Make It Tricky to Tell The Columbus Dispatch

Emma Christensen
Aug 11, 2011

Gone shopping for vegetable oil lately? It's a confusing mess of everything from corn oil to grape seed oil, all with their own claims about naturalness and healthiness. Dietitian Marisa Moore from the American Dietetic Association does some translating for us poor consumers.

There were two things that I found surprising in this article. The first is that a bottle labeled "vegetable oil" is almost always just soybean oil. If anything, Moore indicates that soybean will be the main ingredient with a few other plant-based oils blended in.

The second is that liquid vegetable oils like those we typically find in bottles on store shelves are naturally free of both cholesterol and transfats. Moore says that when you see a label claiming the oil to be cholesterol-free, "the goal might be to attract those who are trying to lower their cholesterol who may not understand that vegetable oil doesn't naturally have cholesterol in it."

Read the Whole Article: Oil Labels Sometimes Quite Slick by Judy Hevrdejs in The Columbus Dispatch

What kind of vegetable oil do you usually buy?

Related: Which is Better? Olive Oil vs. Vegetable Oil

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