What Is The Difference between Canola Oil vs Olive Oil?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What is the difference between canola oil vs olive oil? Canola oil is made from rapeseed and has been bred to be low in toxic compounds like erucic acid and glucosinolates. The way this is engineered is what makes canola oil safe for consumption. Olive oil is made from pressed olives in the fruits of an olive tree.

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Here is the nutritional profile of canola oil:

  • Calories- 124
  • Fat- 14 grams
  • Saturated- 7%
  • Monounsaturated-64%
  • Vitamin E- 16% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K- 8% of the RDI

Here is the nutritional profile of olive oil:

  • Calories- 124
  • Fat- 14 grams
  • Saturated- 14%
  • Monounsaturated-73%
  • Polyunsaturated-11%
  • Vitamin E- 13% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K-7% of the RDI

Olive oil has more saturated and monounsaturated fat, but canola oil has more polyunsaturated fat. Canola oil and olive oil differ in antioxidant content. Olive oil contains over 200 plant compounds  including polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants in the body.

The uses of olive oil and canola oil

Olive oil and canola is used for pan frying and medium cooking while canola oil is used for deep frying and high heat searing. The only downside of olive oil is the high price of it. Olive oil is used mostly in commercial kitchens and restaurants.

Which is healthier- olive oil or canola oil?

Olive oil is healthier than canola oil. Research studies have shown that consuming olive oil can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood sugar levels, and lower the risk of death. The analysis of 33 studies showed that people with the highest level of olive oil intake had a 16% lower risk of diabetes than those with the lowest intake. Research studies show that a high amount of olive oil consumption is linked to a lower risk of stroke and a reduction of heart disease factors.

It is important to know that most of the studies linking canola oil to heart health benefits are funded by the canola industry.

“The difference between canola oil and olive oil is that olive oil is healthier. And it has more antioxidants which is helpful to fighting off diseases.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is the difference between canola oil and olive oil is that olive oil is healthier. And it has more antioxidants which is helpful to fighting off diseases.

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