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What Olive Oil to Choose for Cooking?

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Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
What Olive Oil to Choose for Cooking?

There are many brands of olive oil in stores. However, sometimes it is difficult to choose the right one. Here you will find tips, which will help you to choose the best olive oil.

How to choose the right olive oil for your needs

There are several types of olive oil in stores - extra virgin olive oil, classic olive oil and extra light olive oil.

1. Extra virgin olive oil

This is 100% pure olive oil that is first quality cold pressed. Its color is light; the temperature at which it can be cooked is between 190 and 200°C. It is suitable for preparing dressing for salads, for pasta, for marinades or for dips;

2. Classic olive oil

It is extra virgin olive oil 20% plus refined olive oil. Its burning point is 240°C, which makes it more resistant to high temperatures - and therefore more suitable for cooking. It can be added to salads, used for grilling or roasting meat and vegetables.

3. Extra light olive oil

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It is extra virgin olive oil plus 20% refined olive oil. The burning point temperature is 240°C. It can be used for all kinds of cooking as well as for dressing salads.

Now that you know the characteristics of these three types of olive oil, you can choose the one that is best for you.

Advantages of olive oil over oil

Whichever olive oil you choose, you can't go wrong because when you replace your oil with olive oil, it will greatly improve your lifestyle and your health!

Olive oil is extremely beneficial for our health. It has up to 25% less saturated fat than regular oil. It's also cholesterol-free, trans-fat free and high in monounsaturated fats. At the same time, it contains omega-3 and 6 fatty acids and vitamin E. These qualities make olive oil one of the best options for preparing healthier meals for you and your family.

Olive oil improves heart health, helps with better digestion. It also helps reduce inflammation in the body, improves mood, helps the brain to work better.

Olive oil helps prevent chronic diseases. People who regularly use olive oil are some of the healthiest people in the world. So feel free to replace the oil with olive oil in pizza or stewed chicken recipes. However, you should know that olive oil contains a lot of calories - about 100 kcal per 1 tablespoon, so it should be consumed in moderation.

See more tips on how to recognize quality olive oil.