Can you cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil?Maria Blackburn
Can you cook with Extra Virgin Olive oil? Yes, absolutely!
Despite Mediterranean cultures using EVOO as their main cooking oil for centuries and the health benefits of the Med diet being scientifically proven, people still question whether it should be used for cooking!
Did you know that
🌟EVOO remains heat stable for cooking at temperatures up to 190°c and high phenolic EVOO up to around 230°c. These temperatures cover most home cooking methods.
Oven roasting 180°c
deep frying 180°c
🌟Choosing a good quality EVOO high in antioxidant polyphenols is important because these help to protect the oil from becoming damaged when heated.
🌟EVOO’s composition of high monounsaturated fat and high antioxidant content provides heat and oxidative stability, making it a healthier choice over vegetable and seed oils.
🌟EVOO is a unrefined oil. It is completely unprocessed retaining all of its healthy compounds.
Refined oils have been heat and chemically treated to remove impurities and contaminants. The process increases shelf life and smoke points, removes flavour and nutritional value.
🌟Studies show that when sautéing various veggies in EVOO it increases their antioxidant levels improving the nutritional value of food.
A very recent studies revealed that even deep frying chicken nuggets and chips in EVOO improved the nutritional profile of these foods when compared with canola (rapeseed) and grapeseed oils.
Even when put under test conditions that we wouldn’t usually use in our homes such as deep frying for extremely long periods of time and reusing the same oil several times it remains heat stable.
So if you do choose to cook with EVOO be confident that it is safe and nutritious to do so.