Olive Oil VS. Vegetable Oil

Since I’m new to this whole cooking thing, I decided to do a bit of research to find out which type of oil would be the healthiest in my cooking adventures. As far as choosing between the two, from a healthy stand-point; olive oil is hands-down the way to go!

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Here’s why:

Olive Oil

Olive oil is an extract from the olive fruit, and is pressed mechanically. It’s is considered a natural oil and is filled with our best friend; “anti-oxidants”. This makes it one of the most nutritious and healthy oils for cooking/baking. Olive Oil has no cholesterol, and is much more flavorful. (Make sure it is stored in a dark/ cool place, otherwise it has the potential to go bad quickly if explosed to heat and sunlight for mass periods of time.)

Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oil is processed in industrial production (not so healthy) using solvents (chemicals) to extract it. The oil must then be refined to remove impurities which also removes any flavor, color or nutrients. Even though vegetables are considered to be healthy, they do have other components, like rancidity. Oil with a rancid property tends to lose their nutritious aspect, and it is less useful for cooking. Although, vegetable oil can sustain a high temperature, while cooking with oils like grape and canola are best used for pan searing and frying.

Summary:

  • Olive oil is mostly used, and it is the preferred oil, for cooking at moderate temperatures, while vegetable oil is preferred for high temperature cooking.
  • Vegetable oil is lighter and thinner, and heats fast for quick cooking, while Olive oil takes more time to heat, and its best used at a moderate heat.
  • Olive oil is the preferred oil for health conscious people.
  • Only selected vegetable oils are used in cooking, while all varieties of olive oil can be used for cooking.

There you go! Next time you’re out at your local health food store, pick up some olive oil and keep it in your kitchen for healthy cooking 🙂

(thank you differencebetween.net)

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