Olive Oil Usage

Extra virgin olive oil
This is the most expensive type of olive oil as it is also of the highest quality. Extra virgin olive oil is completely unrefined and has the lowest acidity level as compared to other types of olive oil. It is also very rich in antioxidants and has the highest amount of minerals and vitamins found in olives. Save this expensive oil only for salads, as it has a very low smoking point as compared to other oils. This means even if it is cooked at very low temperatures, it could burn. ‘Use extra virgin olive oil to make dressings for salads or just drizzle it on top of cold dishes or add it to some of your bread dips. If you use extra virgin olive oil even for sautéing vegetables, the vitamins can get destroyed. Extra virgin olive oil is usually golden-green in colour and adds a distinct flavour to your food.

Virgin olive oil
After extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil is the next best thing. It is also an unrefined type of olive oil which means no chemicals or heat is used while extracting the oil. The only difference between extra virgin olive oil and virgin olive oil is a slightly higher oleic acidity level. Virgin olive oil can be used for sautéing vegetables and also for cooking your favourite Indian sabzi. Virgin olive oil can also be used for baking. However, avoid using olive oil for deep frying food. ‘Using olive oil for deep frying food is not recommended as it has a low smoking point. If you have to deep fry food, opt for rice bran oil as it is low in saturated fatty acids.

Refined olive oil
Refined olive oil is commonly found in most Indian grocery stores and is also cheaper than virgin olive oil. However, as compared to extra virgin or virgin olive oil, it is inferior in terms of vitamins, nutrients and even taste and flavour. As it lacks the antioxidants and important anti-inflammatory properties of virgin olive oil, you won’t notice any bitterness in taste either. However, it is suitable for cooking purposes and can also be used to make Indian dishes.

Pure olive oil
Pure olive oil is a blend of extra virgin and refined olive oil. It is also lower in nutritional value as compared to virgin olive oil and is recommended for using as a hair and skin oil instead of cooking purposes. ‘It is not preferable to use pure olive oil for cooking because when it is heated, it has a distinct smell that is not appetising. However, it is great for your scalp, hair and skin. You can use olive oil to get rid of dandruff, frizzy hair and dry skin. more  

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Olive is olive. Remaining is only business more  
What is Pomace olive oil. more  
As per Naturopathy at one time you should try to eat one type of food because for digestion of anything requirs it's own enzyme and if it is missing in that individual item then it is provided by lever as vile. Aim after eating should be early digestion or before onset of decaying more  
Mr. Jayant Vedi wanted to know which oil is better. We should use a mix of all the oils. Rice, Soya,Sunflower, Mastard, Olieve, Kanola. Every oil has some unique composition - required for the growth of body. You can consult your doctor, in case you require some special need. more  
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