Is Rapeseed Oil Healthier Than Olive Oil
Rapeseed oil or Canola Oil has for a long time taken a back seat and watched Olive Oil take all the compliments. Is rapeseed oil healthier than olive oil? Its certainly in no way as bad as the reputation that it’s inherited. Let’s check out the facts and see if it’s actually any healthier.
Benefits of Olive oil
The oil of choice in many Mediterranean countries. You may or may not know but Olive Oil comes in five official varieties. These are classed as Virgin Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Refined, Olive Pomace Oil and Lampante Oil. Olive Oil can taste quite different depending on where the fruit has been grown. Spanish types can be fruity to a harsher peppery tasting Greek variety.
Olive Oil is full of monounsaturated fats. Don’t, however, be alarmed as this is what helps to lower LDL bad cholesterol. It also is packed full of antioxidants such as Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), carotenoids and phenolic compounds (simple phenols such as hydroxytyrosol and complex phenols such as oleuropein). These are the reasons that it’s often marketed as a modern day superfood especially the Extra Virgin Oil. The low smoking points of Olive Oil can damage some of the health giving properties during high temperature cooking.
Benefits of Rapeseed oil
Rapeseed Oil is an oil pressed from the seeds of the distinctive yellow flowered Rapeseed plant. This is a versatile oil but not as distinctive or strong in taste as some Olive Oils. It has a Pleasant aroma with a light nutty taste with no greasy aftertaste.
Rapeseed oil has less saturated fat than any of the oils currently on the market, which of course is a major plus point. For every 100g bottle of olive oil consumed, on average 14g of this is saturated fat, compared to rapeseed oil which contains less than 7g. Rapeseed oil contains far more vitamin E than olive oil which can significantly reduce free radical damage. It’s also an excellent option for cooking due to its high smoking point and ability to retain its health giving properties.
While both can be classed as healthy and beneficial oils. Without a doubt, Rapeseed Oil is by far the better choice for cooking due to it’s higher burning point and ability to retain it’s antioxidant properties. Rapeseed Oil does, however, lack the Polyphenols that Extra Virgin Olive Oil can give you. The recommendation would be to consume a good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil for drizzling over food and to cook with Rapeseed Oil.
- Rapeseed Oil has a higher burning point than Olive Oil.
- Rapeseed Oil retains its healthy properties when heated.
- Olive Oil contains healthy Polyphenols.
- Rapeseed Oil contains a lot more Vitamin E.
- Both oils are high in unsaturated fats.
- Rapeseed Oil is very low in saturated fats.
- Olive Oil is lower in healthy Omega 3.
- Both Oils are high in antioxidants.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a vital part of a healthy Mediterranean diet.
|Vegetable Shortening (Hydrogenated)||428°F|
|Grapeseed Oil||420°F – 428°F|
|Canola Oil/Rapeseed||428°F – 466°F|
|Clarified Butter||450°F – 475°F|
|Sunflower Oil||450°F – 475°F|
|Soybean Oil||450°F – 475°F|
|Safflower Oil||475°F – 500°F|
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