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Mar 30, 2014 11:30 PM

Why do people not think soybean oil is disgusting?

I've read several posts that say soybean oil (usually labeled as 'vegetable oil') has a neutral flavor. In my personal experience, and talking about the oil with some foodie friends, I find it's gross. Canola and avocado oil have quite neutral flavors. I think sunflower oil also does. I've fried in peanut oil myself and I find that tastes great.

When I eat something that's been fried in soybean oil I still have a leftover taste in my mouth the next day, even after brushing my teeth twice.

KFC, Burger King, Carl's Jr. (in the USA), all use soybean oil and it makes their shit gross. Popeye's apparently uses lard - delicious. McDonald's uses Canola/Soybean blend I think - less delicious but less gross.

Why do people think soybean oil has a neutral flavor??

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  1. Huh, I read the title of this thread, said to myself "that's BS, soybean oil has no flavor," then tasted a spoonful of Wesson Best Blend (a mix of canola/soybean in unknown proportions - I bought it because it was cheap and mostly use it for salad dressings when I don't want EVOO to overwhelm the flavor) to confirm.

    Lo and behold, it does taste like something! I'm mostly getting a sort of rounded, faint sweetness that reminds me of packaged soy milk or maybe silken tofu. Not really objectionable to me, but definitely noticeable.

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        1. re: magiesmom

          I think canola is definitely fishy and not neutral.

          1. re: jeanmarieok

            Canola is fishy to me too, can't stand it....I no longer use it because of it. I replaced my frying oil to grapeseed oil and olive oil blend oil.
            I think most Chinese restaurants also use soybean oil...must be the cheapest kind.

            1. re: Monica

              Judging from the huge boxes labeled "soybean oil" out on the curb of two seperate neighborhood cheap-o chinese american restaurants they use soybean....(don't think i've ever ordered from either one)

          2. re: magiesmom

            Yep. Canola is definitely NOT neutral. Fishy, fishy, fishy.

            1. re: magiesmom

              I literally started laughing when I read that the OP thinks Canola oil has a neutral flavor. I also think avocado oil is pretty distinctive, and delicious, and would never ever compare it to the travesty that is canola oil.

              1. re: Monica

                No, they use a shortening blend that contains tallow, which is beef fat. Lard comes from pork. Either is safe if not hydrogenated. Hydrogenation is what makes a fat "trans". Unfortunately their shortening blend also contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil.

              2. Because different people taste things differently. Some people think cilantro tastes like soap, for example.

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                1. re: carolinadawg

                  This has really fascinated me. Same goes for things like olives, mushrooms, asparagus, etc etc. Some people love em and some people hate em. Thanks for the reply :)