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Differences between oil olive and sunflower oil

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SUNFLOWER OIL AND OLIVE OIL

What is the difference between sunflower oil and olive oil?

According to appearance, although, there are many varieties of olive oil with a very different color, olive oil is usually darker green than sunflower oil. The latter has a lighter color and slightly yellowish.

Sunflower oil has virtually no flavor, while olive oil has a very distinctive flavor.

According to fat content, we can say that olive oil has a higher content of oleic acid, whereas normal sunflower oil (there is high oleic variety) has a higher content of linoleic. This implies:

- Increased resistance to high temperatures in the olive oil. This implies a lower willingness to free radical formation caused by high temperatures.

- Olive oil does not interfere with the balance of omega 6 with omega 3.

- A greater power conservation in the olive oil. Polyunsaturated oils like sunflower become rancid more easily.

- Low proportion of saturated fats in olive oil.

- Increased therapeutic properties because of more omega 6 in sunflower oil

Differences between sunflower oil and olive oil
Sunflower oil on the left bottles and olive oil on the right

Table of main fatty acids in olive oil per 100 g

Table of main fatty acids in olive oil per 100 g
Saturated fats 13,500 g
Palmitic acid 11g
Stearic acid 2.200 g
Monounsaturated fats 73,700 g
Oleic acid 72.500 g
Palmitoleic acid 0,800 g
Eicosenoic acid 0,300 g
Polyunsaturated fats 8, 400 g
Linoleic acid 7.900 g
Alpha-linoleic acid 0.600

Table of main fatty acids in sunflower oil

Table of main fatty acids in sunflower oil per 100 g
Saturated fats 10,300 g
Palmitic acid 5.900 g
Stearic acid 4.800 g
Monounsaturated fats 19,500 g
Oleic acid 19.500 g
Polyunsaturated fats 65.700 g
Linoleic acid 65.700 g

Which is better, sunflower oil or olive oil?

Olive oil, especially extra virgin olive oil is considered the best vegetable oil. (more info) This does not mean we should rule out other types of oils.

Sunflower oil, unlike olive oil, is considered to have a neutral taste. This may be good for some and bad for others.

What it is certain is that sunflower oil has a milder and less pronounced flavor, what does not alter the taste of foods to which it is added.

If you are among the people who dislike the intense flavor of olive oil, instead of removing the oil consumption of your food, you can use sunflower oil or other oil with a bland flavor, but it also will provide you with nutritional benefits.

You must remember that with only a spoonful of this oil, it will bring you almost daily recommended amount of vitamin E.

punto rojo More information on sunflower and sunflower oil in the listing above

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