Fact about the Cotton Seed Oil
Cottonseed oil is extracted from cottonseed. Cotton has long been known
as nature’s unique food and fiber plant. It produces both food for man and feed
for animals in addition to a highly versatile fiber for clothing, home furnishings,
and industrial uses.
Cottonseed oil has many food applications. As a salad oil, it is used
in mayonnaise, salad dressings, sauces, and marinades. As cooking oil, it is used
for frying in both commercial and home cooking. As a shortening or margarine, it
is ideal for baked goods and cake icings.
Cottonseed oil has been a part of the American diet for well over a century.
Until the 1940′s, it was the major vegetable oil produced in the United States.
Now, with annual production averaging more than 1 billion pounds, Cottonseed oil
ranks third in volume behind soybean and corn oil representing about 5-6% of the
total domestic fat and oil supply.
Cottonseed oil is primarily used in the U.S. as a salad or cooking oil.
About 56% is consumed in that category while about 36% goes into baking and frying
fats, and a small amount into margarine and other uses.