What can I replace with sunflower oil when cooking?

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the sunflower oil shelves have been empty. And yet it is the best-selling oil in France. What can I replace it with in the kitchen? Here are the solutions.

Can we fear a shortage? food in France? If Michel-Edouard Leclerc, the boss of the supermarket chain, assured at the beginning of April 2022 that stocks of sunflower oil would last until June, supermarket shelves are becoming increasingly scarce.

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In about two weeks, sunflower reserves in Europe will be exhausted, manufacturers and authorities warn. The impact is already visible in supermarkets: ‘temporarily out of stock’ signs appear in the oil section“, the NGO Foodwatch warned on 1and Apr 2022.

The first oil bought in France

And consumers are concerned: average the French consume 800,000 tons of vegetable oils per yearled by sunflower oil, the best-selling oil in supermarkets.

It is used so much in spices, both in cooking and baking† Heat does not affect the taste and no toxic or carcinogenic substances are released. Neutral in taste, cheap and multifunctional… Sunflower oil turns out to be very useful, even indispensable in the kitchen. So what should you replace it with? And for what use? explanation.


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corn oil
Although it is uncommon in supermarkets, corn oil is an excellent alternative to sunflower oil, especially if you want to make mayonnaise. With its fairly neutral taste, corn oil gives a very yellow color and a creamy appearance.

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Olive oil
For seasoning or for cooking (but not at too high a temperature), olive oil is an excellent alternative to sunflower oil. It is also very good for health: the fatty acids present in the oil are said to prevent a whole series of cardiovascular diseases.

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Grape seed oil
Grape seed oil is rich in vitamin E, has antioxidant properties and is said to prevent cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. It can be used as a base for a vinaigrette but must be combined with a vegetable oil rich in omega-3 such as linseed oil. Please note that grapeseed oil should not be heated.

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walnut oil
Walnut oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 and vitamin E. It is more fragrant and fruity than sunflower oil and can give more original flavors to salad dressings. However, this oil is more expensive.

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hazelnut oil
The taste and smell of hazelnut oil are highly valued and it is considered a gourmet oil. Highly digestible, it can be used daily, either as a seasoning on a salad or raw vegetables, or to sprinkle steamed vegetables after cooking. Like walnut oil, it is more expensive and should not be heated.

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coconut oil
Thanks to its sweet taste, coconut oil is perfect for the preparation of cakes. But be careful not to abuse it. In 2017, a study by the American Heart Association published a report that discouraged coconut oil consumption due to its high concentration of saturated fatty acids, associated with high cholesterol risk.

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peanut oil
Peanut oil is particularly recommended for high-temperature cooking and frying. Please note, people who are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts should not consume them. This oil is also not recommended for children and during pregnancy.

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Linseed oil
Very rich in omega-3, flaxseed oil is a real health ally and has many anti-inflammatory properties. It is perfectly consumed as a seasoning, but should not be heated. Be careful, if you suffer from thyroid imbalance, it is not recommended to consume it.

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