Many people don’t know what happens to used cooking oil after they dispose of it in the trash, and they definitely don’t know the health hazards that come with it.
When you burn used cooking oil or expose it to high heat, large amounts of dangerous chemicals form. These chemicals include aldehydes, which are linked to Cardiac infarction and Hypertension as well as ketones and fatty acids, which can lead to problems like Atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s and liver disease.
What Happens Due To Re-Use of Cooking Oil?
Do you know that what happens for used cooking oil? Used cooking oil is a big problem. It can be found in non-stick pans, on baking sheets, and even within crevices of the oven. To make matters worse, it can leach into our food while cooking.
Most people do not know what happens when cooking oil degrades though, so here are some health hazards you need to know: Cardiac infarction, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and liver disease.
Signs of degradation of cooking oil:
- Significant deficiencies in smell or taste
- Blue-gray smoke at 180 degree C
- Resistant tough foam when adding fried food
- Dark, murky appearance
- Consistency changes
- Substantial proportions of charred residues on the surface
- Excessive formation of hydrocarbons and peroxides on the surface
What happens when we Cook with re-used cooking Oil?
When we cook with used cooking oil, we subject ourselves to toxins. It’s all in the bottom-line. There are a wide range of health hazards: Cardiac infarction, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and liver disease.
Moreover, when cooking with used cooking oil and it has been heated to an extreme temperature (i.e., over 375°F), trans-fats are created that can clog up arteries and veins.
These diseases are majority caused by the too often re-used of cooking oil and the re-entry of used cooking oil (UCO) onto the food chain.
Signs of Devaluing Used Cooking oil
Used cooking oil has health hazards that should be taken seriously, especially if it’s on sale. Signs of degradation include having an unpleasant odor and tasting bitter or metallic.
The biggest question is how do you dispose of cooking oil environmentally? Re-purpose your old cooking oil into new, usable items like soap. Products like Granny’s Lye can take care of all the residual debris from cooking grease as well. Use what you have!
How Can We Protect Ourselves from Re-used Cooking Oil?
If you’re not sure if your cooking oil is still safe, there are a few ways to determine if it has degraded. Watch out for any changes in color, odor or viscosity as these could be indicators that the oil has been contaminated. In order to safeguard our health, the total polar compounds (TPC) are around 25%.
How To Store Your re-used cooking oil properly?
In order to safeguard our health, the total polar compounds (TPC) are around 25%. There are some tips for storing used cooking oil: keep it in a dark and cool place, avoid exposure to light, don’t heat it up or put in boiling water and use only after the specified time. Keeping the right temperature is crucial for used cooking oil as there will be an increased risk for rancidity which causes deterioration in quality and produces toxic substances.
Used Cooking oil Regulations and Compliances in the World
World Regulations and Standards for cooking oil:
China specifies that used cooking oil must have the TPC content lower than 1000ppm, 10-350 ppm are applied in most places. The USA specifies it should be below 400ppm. In Germany, France, Italy and other European countries, the standard is set at 200ppm. South Korea sets it at 100ppm or less. India mandates that used cooking oil cannot exceed 600ppm.
We must stop poisoning ourselves
No re-entering the food chain!
In order to safeguard our health, the international limit for Total Polar Compounds (TPC) is around 25%. Beyond this limit, cooking oil is deemed unsafe for human consumption and must be discarded in a manner then what to do?
Re-use of cooking oil should be avoided
- In case of reheating of oil, use maximum three times of avoid the formation of trans fat. It’s ideal to use once if possible.
- Re-heating and re-use of oil should be avoided as far as possible, avoid using leftover oil whenever possible.
- No food business operator shall himself or by any person on his behalf manufacture, store, sell or distribute any article of food which is unsafe.
- Any person whether by himself or by any other person on his behalf, manufactures for sale or stores or sells or distributes any article of food for human consumptions which is unsafe is unsafe shall be punishable with imprisonment for term which may extend to six months and also with fine which may extend to one lakh BDT.
What type of Health Hazards Faces by Human for Used Cooking oil?
Used cooking oil has a variety of health hazards that it can cause. There are Cardiac infarction, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and liver disease. These problems range from mild ailments to very severe. In order to prevent these diseases you need to be conscious of the type and amount used cooking oil used as well as its deterioration. For example when the TPC levels reach 25% it is considered degraded used cooking oil so use caution.
Why Shouldn't I Reuse My Spent Cooking Oils If they’re still good?
All cooking oils, even used ones, have a use by date. Your cooking oil may seem fine now but if it’s degraded from frying meat or other non-vegetable items, its healthy properties are diminished and contain high levels of the toxic substance known as triacylglycerol’s (TGs). Cooking oil that has been used multiple times over a long period is called spent cooking oil.
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The biggest signs of used cooking oil degradation are the total polar compounds and the resultant problems on our health. As you can see, there are many signs of degradation for used cooking oil. The health hazards that have been highlighted are just some examples, but as seen from the given facts, there are several health risks you should be aware of. For these reasons it is necessary to use high quality cooking oils.