View Full Version : Why is olive oil better than vegetable oil?

05-13-2002, 06:24 PM
Nutrition facts are nearly the same, so it must be something a tad deeper, what is it?

05-13-2002, 08:17 PM
Tastes better to me, that's why I use it. But first press only!
I think it has better quality fats too, but I don't know.

05-14-2002, 08:15 AM
High In Omega 3 oils. Good for you.

05-14-2002, 08:24 AM
It's not high in omega 3's.
It's high in monounsaturated fats (or omega 9's) which are superior to the omega6's and they can raise the test levels. They also cause some postitive changes in the blood lipid profile.(They decrease the bad cholesterol while they raise the good cholesterol)

05-14-2002, 03:13 PM
as for a small difference between oils.

oily fish has only like 1.9 grams of omega 3 oils per 100 grams so if eg vetegetable oil has 0.5 grams it may not seem like much of a difference, but it 400% more and your more likely to consume 100 grmas of oily fissh than 100 grams of vegetable oil.

rape seed oil (canola i think to americans) is highish in omega 3 oils? well some mayo claim to be high in omega 3 and that the main fat source in the product.

05-14-2002, 07:42 PM
We have canola oil at home, is that good or bad stuff?

05-14-2002, 09:32 PM

You're already dead.

the doc
05-15-2002, 07:34 AM

imo, extra virgin olive oil and fish oil are #1 fats

05-15-2002, 08:12 AM
imo too

05-15-2002, 10:31 AM
Originally posted by Budiak

You're already dead.


05-15-2002, 12:19 PM
I'm still not sure I completely understand all this, but here we go... Veggie oil = bad, canola = bad, olive oil = good. And the reason olive is good is becuase it raises your testosterone levels and gets rid of bad cholestrol?

05-15-2002, 04:42 PM
i think canola was banned in the US? due to contimation problems of manufactorer rather than the oil its self being the problem.
I am right in thinking canola = is the USA name for rape seed oil?
I use rape seed oil, but canola may be something else, only called it canola as most people here are american so your more used to that name.

the doc
05-15-2002, 05:06 PM
OLIVE OIL IS A VEGGIE Oil. Rape seed = canola = canadian oil (from which the word canola is derived)

05-15-2002, 05:32 PM
Originally posted by the doc

That sounded like a denunciation..

You know: Attention! Olive oil IS A VEGGIE OIL! :eek:

05-15-2002, 05:47 PM
i thought olives where fruits? as they grow on tress and contian seeds. or am i just nit picking here?

05-15-2002, 08:49 PM
Alright now I'm even more confused, how about this, I'll list all the oils that I can think of and you tell what are quality and I should consume and what I shouldn't. I might repeat some because I don't know if they are the same but different name...
"vegetable oil" = ?
"canola oil" = ?
"rape seed oil" = ?
"flax seed oil" = ?
"olive oil" = ?
Thanks for all the help

05-16-2002, 05:00 AM
Consume flax seed oil,fish oil(salmon oil) and olive oil.
Then, just restrict the consumption of veggie oils and canola oil.(rape seed oil)

the doc
05-16-2002, 07:24 AM
lol danm caps key was on

05-16-2002, 08:02 AM

05-18-2002, 10:09 AM
"vegetable oil" = a source of fat
"canola oil" = a source of fat
"rape seed oil" = a source of fat
"flax seed oil" = a quality source of fat
"olive oil" = a quality source of fat

Good or bad depends on wether they fit into your diet, but if you can use the better sources (fish, olive, flax) you'll be better off.

I believe that you can also use nuts like peanut and brazil as quality fats, but I'm not sure.

And much like a tomato, olives are unique in that their overall properties are different than their technical properties. They have characteristics which make them closer to a nut than a fruit or vegetable but they are technically fruits.