It has long been the opinion that olive oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils on the market. But there are a few sceptics who have called that into question, especially with the rise in popularity of rapeseed oil, which many believe to be even more healthy than olive oil. But is it really healthier or should we just be sticking to trusty olive oil? In this article, we’ll be discussing whether or not rapeseed is really better for you than olive oil.
We have been made aware throughout the years of all of the health benefits that olive oil has to offer. There are many advantages to consuming olive oil over rapeseed oil, such as it having the ability to protect against heart disease and can also aid in reducing inflammation in the body. So how else can you benefit, health-wise, from consuming olive oil?
Like olive oil, rapeseed oil comes with many different benefits, and not just from a health point of view. Let us take you through all of the ways in which you can benefit from rapeseed oil over olive oil, including the fact that it’s more eco-friendly and has the ability to boost the British economy if you choose rapeseed oil over other alternatives.
Rapeseed oil has a far higher smoke point when compared to that of olive oil. This is what makes it an incredibly versatile oil to cook with. As well as this, it also means that it retains all of its nutritional benefits, even when cooked and/or fried, whereas olive oil will start to lose nutrients if it’s cooked at a higher temperature. This also makes it far harder to burn rapeseed oil, which can be detrimental to our health if consumed, mainly down to its change in molecular structure.
Rapeseed is grown widely across the UK, meaning that we can manufacture it ourselves rather than counting on countries overseas to provide us with the product. By choosing rapeseed oil that has been grown and developed in the UK, you’re giving your money to British farmers and workers who reside in this country. Not only will this help to lower the price of rapeseed oil, but you’re also putting money back into our economy.
We’ve already touched on the fact that rapeseed oil can be made right here in the UK, so there aren’t any air miles associated with it. Depending on where you buy it from, rapeseed oil could have zero miles associated with it, especially if bought from a local farm shop. This is far better for the environment as you aren’t purchasing olive oil that could have travelled hundreds, if not thousands, of miles by air.
Rapeseed oil is often far cheaper than olive oil. This is because rapeseed oil doesn’t need to be heated in order for it to be made. Heating the oil can also destroy the taste and remove some nutrients from the oil itself. Olive oil can also be made by blending a mixture of different oils together, which is also why it has a higher price point than a basic rapeseed oil.
We’ve already discussed the fact that it has a higher smoke point, and this is, generally, what makes it so versatile to cook with. It can be used for roasting, frying or baking, or it can be used as a salad dressing or as an ingredient in dips and sauces. Rapeseed oil is a common ingredient in healthy cake recipes.
In summation, it would be easy to look at all of the health benefits and think that they’re all relatively similar. In short, both oils are healthy and can be used to cook with. However, rapeseed oils offer far more benefits than olive oil does. Not only is this because it provides a wealth of health advantages, but it’s also better for the environment and for your bank account. It can be used in much the same way as olive oil, but for a fraction of the cost. If you’re looking for the oil that is healthiest, however, then rapeseed oil would be the healthiest option when compared to other alternatives.