Olive Oil + Heat = Trans Fat?

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  1. I heard this and was wondering if this myth was factual or not.

    Say you're cooking a chicken breast and you're cooking it in olive oil. The olive oil reaches a temperature where it starts to sizzle/buble and all that. Someone told me that when heated olive oil turns into trans fat. Is that true at all? :dunno:
     
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    As long as you don't go over the smoke point you should be fine.
     
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    i heard that you should cook with sesame oil, dunno why. maybe because it can take the high heat without breaking down into carcinogenic particles?
     
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    olive oil has a really low smoke point anyway
     
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    who told you that bullshit? Synthetic? He posted some shit like that in another thread...

    trans fats are fats that have had an extra hydrogen added to their molecular structure. Cooking olive oil DOES NOT hydrogenate it.
     
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    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh snap
     
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    Transfats are isomers of the original fat switched from CIS to TRANS configuation. To get them you need higher temperatures than you're going to get in a pan. Your oil is going to evaporate before you get the temperatures needed to create any measurable amounts of trans fat.

    Trans fats are created by cooking unsaturated vegitable oils with hydrogens bubbling through the mix and usually a catalyst. Some stay unsaturated CIS, some switch to unsaturated TRANS (the BAD ones), and others become completely saturated and their molecular makeup rather than geometry changes.

    In short no, you will not get trans fats in olive oil.
     
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    Back in the old days they thought that unsaturated fats were always better for you than saturated, so trans fats were like the holy grail because they had lower melting points yet remained unsaturated.

    Yeah no they KILL YOUUU
     
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    fyi you should cook with light olive oil and use extra virgin olive oil for a dressing. EVOO has a low smoke point and the flavor is ruined if it bubbles and smokes.
     
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    I think so :o It was in a thread where I gave a way to prep chicken and I suggested using olive oil, he said it'll turn into trans fat.
     
  12. Good to know. :o Ya it does seem to smoke a lot and shit...I dont like to use it at all for cooking really I just like to throw the chicken in a pan and let it do it's thing.
     
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