I know beef tallow would be best but I'm going over a non paleo house for my fantasy football draft. He is frying wings and I would like to know which would be better, Vegetable Oil (gross) or Peanut Oil?
The lower the omega 6 / PUFA in the oil the better. More PUFA means more oxidative damage when you boil oil. It forms trans fats:
Check here - see the oils and fats lists. http://paleozonenutrition.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/omega-6-and-3-in-nuts-oils-meat-and-fish-tools-to-get-it-right/
Apart from coconut oil, High oleic sunflower oil would be by far the best oil - it is bred to be very high in mono-unsaturated fat - which is more heat stable than PUFA's. 3.6 grams omega 6 per 100 grams
Peanut oil is not paleo of course - being a legume and is high in omega 6; 31.7 g omega 6 per 100 grams.
We went to a friend's house for the superbowl and they made wings that were fried in bacon fat. The friend isn't even paleo, they just have enough common sense to realize that it is DELICIOUS.
I use Coconut oil. Not sure why nobody else mentioned this. Maybe cost? I love it. Not heavy, no taste. Though I rarely fry. I do toss small cut potatoes around in a good amount of coconut oil, which produces a nice crisp (almost french fry-like) potatoe. I also fry plantains in coconut oil...great.
WAPF claims that peanut oil is fine once in a while. I would hands down choose it over regular vegetable oil as long as no one in the group has an allergy. I agree with Carl and vdh, though- lard would be excellent (just be careful, because it foams). And, to be honest, as long as it's not hydrogenated, I'd even put up with some additives in it over peanut oil or vegetable oil. Esskay sells lard in regular grocery stores in the refrigerated section but they add TBHQ to it. I can get good pastured lard at a local farm, and unadulterated regular lard at a local grocery store, but not everyone can be that picky. :-)
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