Why olive oil is preferred to vegetable oils?

When you walk down the departmental store aisle, you can see an array of different oils to choose from.
Have you ever stopped to ponder which one is a healthier option?

Nutritionists place their bet on Olive -oil compared to their counterparts, the vegetable oil.

Why does Olive oil remain popular among nutritionists?

Olive oil is a natural juice extracted directly
from the olive fruit. Olive oil is low in Omega-6, and has no trans-fat. It contains a large amount of healthy monounsaturated fat that lowers LDL cholesterol as compared to all other vegetable oils. Virgin olive oil also contains Polyphenols which is an antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage.

Healthiest Fat

Olive oil is considered be the healthiest fat on earth.
Vegetable oil such as Soybean oil, Canola oil, Corn oil, Cotton seed oil, Sunflower oil, Peanut oil, Sesame oil are rich in the healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and they mass up with nutrients in the body.

Limitations of Vegetable Oil

Though, vegetable oil is also a healthy option, scientists have observed that large scale consumption of vegetable oil creates an imbalance in the diet.

They have to be consumed in small proportions. Commercial refined vegetable oils have trans-fat that increases the LDL Cholesterol.

Low Smoke point

Olive oil has a low smoke point, which makes it the preferred oil when requiring medium to high heat, such as when you are stir-frying or pan searing foods.

Distinct Taste

Olive oil also has a distinct taste that can add flavor to foods, like pastas or grilled vegetables. Leaving out its fat content any time cow’s ghee is the best bet for Indian cooking .

Dr. Chef Soundararajan

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Dr. Chef P Soundararajan is Corporate Executive Chef at Club Mahindra Holidays & Resorts. He Writes about Culinary Techniques and Shares his Profound Knowledge here in his Blog.

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