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Olive oil and canola oil are the two most popular oils to use for cooking worldwide. Both are recommended as being healthy and can be used in similar ways, but how are they different and which one is the best choice?

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Canola Oil vs Olive Oil

How Are Canola Oil And Olive Oil Made?

Canola oil is made from rapeseed and usually includes heating, chemical extraction, pressing, and refining. There are some types of canola oil that are available cold-pressed. However, the oil does go through additional processes to give it a neutral smell and color.

Olive oil is made from pressed olives. There are many types of olive oil, but the most popular are extra virgin olive oil and “pure” olive oil.

Extra virgin olive oil is made using pressing and regular olive oil is a combination of pressed oil and refined oil. The extra virgin version is generally considered a healthier choice between the two because it is less refined.

How To Use Both Oils

Because of its neutral flavor, canola oil is typically recommended in baking recipes and due to its higher smoke point, it can be used for frying. Overheating olive oil can reduce its beneficial compounds and antioxidants.

Extra virgin olive oil is delicious without applying heat and works well in salad dressings and dips. Olive oil is also used as a moisturizer and exfoliator for your skin. We have a variety of olive oil beauty products available at The Olive Branch for you to try.

Canola Oil vs Olive Oil

Which Is Healthier?

While both canola and olive oil are similar when it comes to total fat content and calories, olive oil is lower in saturated fat and also has the benefit of higher levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.

Olive oil also contains antioxidants in the form of polyphenols, which can help protect against free radicals. Extra virgin olive oil, specifically, is the healthier choice when it comes to deciding between canola oil and olive oil.

Find The Best Olive Oil At The Olive Branch

Worried about adding a strong olive oil flavor to your dish? Ask our experts at The Olive Branch to recommend the best light-tasting olive oil that has a more neutral flavor. You can even schedule a tasting with us to find the best olive oil for you.

The Olive Branch is dedicated to providing premium extra virgin olive oils, balsamic, and wine vinegars at our storefront in The Village at Winona in Winona Lake, Indiana, and through our online shop.

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