Corn oil, five liters
Plastic jugs in cardboard boxes, 15 kg each

Corn oil (North American) or maize oil (British) is oil extracted from the germ of corn (maize). Its main use is in cooking, where its high smoke point makes refined corn oil a valuable frying oil. It is also a key ingredient in some margarines. Corn oil is generally less expensive than most other types of vegetable oils.

Corn oil is also a feedstock used for biodiesel. Other industrial uses for corn oil include soap, salve, paint, erasers, rustproofing for metal surfaces, inks, textiles, nitroglycerin, and insecticides. It is sometimes used as a carrier for drug molecules in pharmaceutical preparations.

Production

Almost all corn oil is expeller-pressed, then solvent-extracted using hexane or 2-methylpentane (isohexane).[1] The solvent is evaporated from the corn oil, recovered, and re-used. After extraction, the corn oil is then refined by degumming and/or alkali treatment, both of which remove phosphatides. Alkali treatment also neutralizes free fatty acids and removes color (bleaching). Final steps in refining include winterization (the removal of waxes), and deodorization by steam distillation of the oil at 232–260 °C (450–500 °F) under a high vacuum.[1]

Some specialty oil producers manufacture unrefined, 100%-expeller-pressed corn oil. This is a more expensive product since it has a much lower yield than the combination expeller and solvent process, as well as a smaller market share.[citation needed]

Country Production, 2018
(tonnes)
1  United States 1,707,600
2  China 483,700
3  Brazil 145,548
4  South Africa 83,700
5  Japan 82,503
6  Italy 69,300
7  France 67,900
8  Belgium 64,700
9  Canada 62,300
10  Turkey 53,000
11  Argentina 46,800
Source : FAOSTAT[2]

Constituents and comparison

Properties of vegetable oils[3][4]
The nutritional values are expressed as percent (%) by mass of total fat.
Type Processing
treatment[5]
Saturated
fatty acids
Monounsaturated
fatty acids
Polyunsaturated
fatty acids
Smoke point
Total[3] Oleic
acid
(ω-9)
Total[3] α-Linolenic
acid
(ω-3)
Linoleic
acid
(ω-6)
ω-6:3
ratio
Avocado[6] 11.6 70.6 52–66
[7]
13.5 1 12.5 12.5:1 250 °C (482 °F)[8]
Brazil nut[9] 24.8 32.7 31.3 42.0 0.1 41.9 419:1 208 °C (406 °F)[10]
Canola[11] 7.4 63.3 61.8 28.1 9.1 18.6 2:1 204 °C (400 °F)[12]
Coconut[13] 82.5 6.3 6 1.7 0.019 1.68 88:1 175 °C (347 °F)[10]
Corn[14] 12.9 27.6 27.3 54.7 1 58 58:1 232 °C (450 °F)[12]
Cottonseed[15] 25.9 17.8 19 51.9 1 54 54:1 216 °C (420 °F)[12]
Cottonseed[16] hydrogenated 93.6 1.5 0.6 0.2 0.3 1.5:1
Flaxseed/linseed[17] 9.0 18.4 18 67.8 53 13 0.2:1 107 °C (225 °F)
Grape seed   10.4 14.8 14.3   74.9 0.15 74.7 very high 216 °C (421 °F)[18]
Hemp seed[19] 7.0 9.0 9.0 82.0 22.0 54.0 2.5:1 166 °C (330 °F)[20]
High-oleic safflower oil[21] 7.5 75.2 75.2 12.8 0 12.8 very high 212 °C (414 °F)[10]
Olive, Extra Virgin[22] 13.8 73.0 71.3 10.5 0.7 9.8 14:1 193 °C (380 °F)[10]
Palm[23] 49.3 37.0 40 9.3 0.2 9.1 45.5:1 235 °C (455 °F)
Palm[24] hydrogenated 88.2 5.7 0
Peanut[25] 16.2 57.1 55.4 19.9 0.318 19.6 61.6:1 232 °C (450 °F)[12]
Rice bran oil 25 38.4 38.4 36.6 2.2 34.4[26] 15.6:1 232 °C (450 °F)[27]
Sesame[28] 14.2 39.7 39.3 41.7 0.3 41.3 138:1
Soybean[29] 15.6 22.8 22.6 57.7 7 51 7.3:1 238 °C (460 °F)[12]
Soybean[30] partially hydrogenated 14.9 43.0 42.5 37.6 2.6 34.9 13.4:1
Sunflower[31] 8.99 63.4 62.9 20.7 0.16 20.5 128:1 227 °C (440 °F)[12]
Walnut oil[32] unrefined 9.1 22.8 22.2 63.3 10.4 52.9 5:1 160 °C (320 °F)[33]

See also

References

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