Vegetable oil
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British pronunciation/vˈɛdʒɪtəbəl ˈɔɪl/
American pronunciation/vˈɛdʒɪɾəbəl ˈɔɪl/
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a type of cooking oil derived from plant sources, such as seeds or fruits

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What is "vegetable oil"?

Vegetable oil is a liquid fat derived from various plant sources, such as seeds, nuts, or fruits. Common types of vegetable oils include soybean oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, and olive oil, among others. These oils are extracted through processes like pressing or solvent extraction and are widely used in cooking, frying, baking, and salad dressings due to their neutral flavor and high smoke points. Vegetable oils are composed mainly of triglycerides, with varying proportions of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids depending on the source. They are considered healthier alternatives to animal fats like butter or lard due to their lower levels of saturated fats and higher levels of unsaturated fats, particularly when consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

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The chef recommended using vegetable oil for deep-frying the crispy French fries.
She poured vegetable oil into the frying pan and heated it before adding the chopped vegetables.
Some common types of cooking oils include canola oil, vegetable oil, and sunflower oil.
You can find vitamin E in vegetable oils.
The chef is greasing the skillet with vegetable oil before frying the eggs.
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