What is difference between olive oil and vegetable oil ?
Three things make olive oil superior to vegetable oils: taste, nutrition and integrity.
Taste is the most obvious difference between olive oil and the commercially popular vegetable oils such as corn, soybean and canola oils. These oils are tasteless fats. You would not want to eat a piece of bread dipped in vegetable oil; for the same basic reason, many chefs refrain from adding tasteless fat to the foods they prepare. When you cook with oil, get the most flavor and texture you can.
Olive oil, especially extra virgin olive oil, adds a flavor and textural dimension lacking in other oils, making it a suitable substitute for butter and margarine in almost any recipe. In fact, more and more restaurants are serving extra virgin olive oil, both plain or flavored with salt and pepper, as an alternative to butter for bread.
Nutritionally, olive oil contains more monounsaturated fat than any of the popular vegetable oils. For more ...more
All oils have the same nutritional make up 13.6 grams of fat and 120 calories per tablespoon. Though both olive oil and vegetable oil are touted for their health benefits, it is important to understand that both should be used in moderation as part of a healthy diet.
Olive Oil Basics
Olive oil is made by the mechanical pressing of olives, or Olea europaea, as they are scientifically named. This crude form of natural oil has its own unique and natural flavor and is used for both cooking and eaten raw. Olive oil is packed full of antioxidants and mono-unsaturated fats and is general ...more
Olive oil is shown to increase good cholesterol levels while decreasing the bad cholesterol levels in our bodies, and helping to prevent against heart disease and certain types of cancer. Additionally, olive oil works to promote the secretion of bile from the pancreas.
There are many different kinds of olive oil, with extra virgin olive oil being the least refined and most natural. Olive oil should always be kept in a cool, dark location with its top in place to prevent oxidation and rancidity. ...more
For frying, peanut oil has the highest smoke point, and it imparts a rich flavor to fried foods. You can use vegetable oil or canola oil to fry as well, but their smoke points are a little lower and therefore frying loses a bit of it's crispiness when using these two oils. They are also basically flavorless.
Due to their flavorless nature, vegetable oil or canola oil is best for baking.
I use olive oil fairly regularly, it's also fun to experiment with infused oils by putting the oil in a jar with different herbs or spices, some of my faves are garlic oil, rosemary oil (delicious with pork loin), and peppered oil.