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Cottonseed Oil Partially Hydrogenated
Cottonseed Oil Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed oil is the oil extracted from the cotton plant. It has a mild, nutty taste and the degree of its color depends on how refined the oil is. Refining oil involves the processing the oil, which may be through hydrogenation. Partial hydrogenation of the soybean oil allows the oil to take on a stiffer texture because of the hydrogen gas being pumped into the oil to weaken the hydrogen bonds in the structure. Partially hydrogenation of oil is therefore unhealthier to the consumer because of its unnatural use of hydrogenation which forms trans-fats that the body cannot breakdown. Trans-fats are solid fats produced from oil by unnatural methods and interfere with metabolic processes such as increasing LDL or “bad cholesterol.� Partially hydrogenated oils have a tendency to be used by food companies because of its cheapness, stability, improved texture, and ability to oxidize to provide a longer shelf life. Cottonseed oil has a high level of saturated fat (“bad fat�) and low levels of monounsaturated fat (“good fat�). Partially hydrogenating the oil increases bad trans and saturated fats and lowers the amount of good fats. Many of the essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and other positive components of the oil are lost through this process. There is some controversy whether cottonseed oil may also contain natural toxins from pesticide residues during the farming of the cotton plant, but this myth has been settled since a process called deodorization during oil refinement removes pesticide residues as well as other impurities. This physical refining process involves heating the oil under high vacuums using steam where residual components of the oil are distilled off and a purer oil results. "Is Cottonseed Oil Okay? - Dr. Weil." - Official Website of Andrew Weil, M.D. Web. 16 May 2011. . National Cottonseed Products Association. Web. 16 May 2011. . "Physical Refining Deodorization - Physical Refining, Deodorization, Dewaxing, Winterization, Dry Fractionation." Ali Engineering Works - Solvent Extraction Plant, Glycerine Refining Plant, Fatty Acid Distillations Plant and Machinary. Web. 16 May 2011. .