For the past few months, I've been cooking my eggs (egg whites) in a cast-iron skillet with a slight coating of Olive Oil to limit any sticking and for a slightly better taste.
Now, I've read older threads on here which some people have said that the Olive Oil can convert to trans fat if it gets hot enough prior to cooking...but then I've read others and some external information online that disputes this.
Basically, I pre-heat the skillet with a high flame for about a minute before cooking the eggs for a couple minutes. I'm assuming this is perfectly safe and I don't have anything to worry about? Obviously, I'm not an expert when it comes to cooking oils and how they break down...
12-19-2010, 07:54 AM #1
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Question about Olive Oil converting to trans fat
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12-19-2010, 08:21 AM #3
Cooking your eggs in EVOO is fine. No way are you getting to 300 degrees. When I make homemade jams I'm boiling pureed fruit and sugar for 5-10 minutes just to get to 220 degrees. I know your eggs are at a much, much lower temp.
12-19-2010, 09:30 AM #4
Olive oil is a mono-unsaturated fat. This means that there is one free carbon bond in its molecular structure, and when exposed to high cooking heat, this bond will grab an oxygen/hydrogen in its solution. Poly-unsaturated fats have 2 or more free bonds, so when these are exposed to high cooking heat, they oxidize and become hydrogenated. Olive oil is not *as* bad since it is a mono-unsaturated fat, but cooking in fully saturated fats will be superior, since those are much more difficult to oxidize. I recommend cooking your eggs in butter, lard, ghee/clarified butter, or beef tallow."I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven one like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed."
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