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Trans Fat Free Cottonseed Oil for Healthy Eating

Updated on August 21, 2010

Cottonseed Oil

Health conscious consumers are becoming increasingly savvy regarding the dangers of consuming trans fats.

As the public grows increasingly wary of trans fats, more and more food manufacturers and restaurants are taking proactive steps to provide the tras fat free foods that consumers are demanding. Additionally, people are scrutinizing food labels to make sure they aren't cooking with trans fats in their own homes.

About Cottonseed Oil

Cottonseed oil has the distinction of being the first vegetable oil ever to be commercially produced in the United States. It has been part of the food industry since the 1800s, is an excellent choice for those seeking trans fat free cooking oil.

This trans fat free cooking medium is frequently used in potato chips, other snack foods, mayonnaise, salad dressings, and as a salad oil. Cottonseed oil is used primarily in commercial foodservice operations, but is also available to consumers. It is available in supermarkets in areas where cotton is produced locally. If you don't life in the cotton belt, you may be able to order the product online.

Cottonseed oil is highly recommended for frying turkeys. One of the best places to find cottonseed oil is in sporting goods stores that stock all of the supplies needed to create deep fried turkeys. To learn how to deep fry a turkey with cottonseed oil, see the detailed instructions available at the The National Cottonseed Products Association website.

Benefits of Cottonseed Oil Include:

  • Cholesterol free
  • Does not require hydrogenation
  • High Smoke Point
  • Neutral flavor
  • No trans fats
  • Ranks among the lowest saturated fat oils
  • Shelf Stable
  • Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) Rich
  • Works well for salad dressings, stir frying, and deep frying
  • Many other health and cooking benefits

Products Made with Cottonseed Oil Include:

  • Better Made Snack Foods
  • Carnation Hot Chocolate
  • Betty Crocker Cake Mixes
  • Fischer (Fischer Fusions Nut & Fruit Mix)
  • Frito Lay Potato Chips
  • Geisha Smoked Oysters
  • Hostess Twinkies
  • Keebler Townhouse Crackers
  • Mother's Oatmeal Cookies
  • Nabisco Pecan Sandies
  • Stove Top Stuffing
  • Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
  • Utz Potato Chips
  • Many Others

Restaurants Cooking with Cottonseed Oil Include:

  • Arctic Circle (west coast fast food restaurant)
  • Buca di Beppo (national Italian restaurant chain based in Minneapolis)
  • Cork's Old Fashioned Donuts (Albany, Oregon)
  • Riversmith's Catfish and Chicken (Lubbock, TX)
  • Safeco Field's concession stand (home park of the Seattle Mariners)
  • Many other food service providers


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