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Vegetable oil

A vegetable oil is an oil extracted from oilseeds[?] or another plant source. Some vegetable oils, such as rapeseed, cottonseed or castor oil, are not fit for human consumption without further processing. Common sources of vegetable oil include:


Other vegetable oils:

According to the USDA, the world consumption of major vegetable oils in 2000:

  • Soybeans 26.0 million metric tons (MMT)
  • Palm 23.3 MMT
  • Rapeseed 13.1 MMT
  • Sunflowerseed 8.6 MMT
  • Peanut 4.2 MMT
  • Cottonseed 3.6 MMT
  • Coconut 3.3 MMT
  • Palm Kernel 2.7 MMT
  • Olive 2.5 MMT

See also: lipid, fat, biodiesel.

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