Olive oil is a very healthy oil to consume but just don’t change its form by cooking it.
In a recent study, researchers discovered that participants (1600 individuals between 18 and 60 years of age) who used the most olive oil have healthier diets than those who consumed a lesser amount of the same oil.
The experiment found that olive oil is a essential part of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
Researchers solidified the value of using olive oil in promoting health but what many people don’t know is that olive oil should not be cooked and consumed.
Olive oil is primarily a monounsaturated fat, in the form of oleic acid. Olive oil has many wonderful health benefits like cancer-fighting properties, improved insulin resistance and improved heart health. It is also these high concentration of monounsaturated fats that give olive oil a low smoking point, turning it toxic when heated to temperatures above 250’F (121’C).
Another issue with cooking with olive oil is that the high content of oleic acid, creates an imbalance on the cellular level when cooked that can inhibit prostaglandin production, ultimately increasing the risk of getting breast cancer and heart disease.
Cook with grape seed oil, it is more suitable for frying because it can be heated to a higher temperature. Grape seed oil is low in saturated fats and is extracted from pressed grape seeds. The oil have a nutty flavor and is used commonly for deep-frying.