Is it a Good Idea to Cook With Olive Oil?, best way to use it to stay healthy.

Can we use oive oil in our regular cooking ?

Does it ham to our health by exposing it to certain temperature?
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
I've used nothing but I live oil for about 30 years since they said it didn't have saturated or unsaturated fats and was good for me.
They now say it's bad for me, but so us everything so I try not to listen to food fads.
The heavier 'salad' olive oils do smoke if you get them too hot, but why get them too hot? You don't need to. There are several lighter olive oils available which they say have a higher smoke point and are better for frying.
Personally I prefer the flavour of the thick first pressing oils and just keep the cooking temperatures low so it doesn't smoke and spoil the taste.
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
I've used nothing but I live oil for about 30 years since they said it didn't have saturated or unsaturated fats and was good for me.
They now say it's bad for me, but so us everything so I try not to listen to food fads.
The heavier 'salad' olive oils do smoke if you get them too hot, but why get them too hot? You don't need to. There are several lighter olive oils available which they say have a higher smoke point and are better for frying.
Personally I prefer the flavour of the thick first pressing oils and just keep the cooking temperatures low so it doesn't smoke and spoil the taste.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
No more than any other kind of cooking oil.  Europeans, especially in Italy and Greece have been cooking with olive oil for thousands of years because olives grow well there.  I use olive oil for Italian foods like spaghetti and other pasta dishes because I like the flavor.  Also in other Mediterranean dishes like cous cous.  More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_oil
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
Apologies for the typos. My phone thinks it knows better than me and alters words.
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nobusCommented:
you can have all kinds of answers to this
in general it is considered good -  but like all products - you have by-effects
you can even be allergic to it

i would say - try it for a couple of months  - and see what your body tells you
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nickg5Commented:
If you decide to go with olive oil make sire you buy pure olive oil. Some manufacturers mix other vegetable oils.
Olive oil has antioxidant effects which is benefitial to your heart.
We read somewhere but can not find it now that olive oil is best used on salads, etc. due to the cold or lower temperatures.

Here you see that there are different types of olive oil.
Light olive oil, organic, among others.
http://www.oliveoilsource.com/page/how-pick-olive-oil
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nobusCommented:
just to be a bit contrary  - my doctor told me to ty more olive oil - and i had to stop for the side effects
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mac_gAdmin - Oracle Fusion Middleware suiteAuthor Commented:
l mean, Can we use olive oil to prepare fry items like chips, fish fry, Chechen fry  ..... which usually needed boiling oil at very high temperature.

please share your thoughts  ?
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
My girlfriend once fried some food--chicken, I think--using olive oil. The food came out fine. While you can do it, olive is rather expensive compared to other oils. I wouldn't think it would be good from a financial point of view.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
This page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_oil gives the smoke points for many cooking oils.  Olive oil is not listed in the section about high temp cooking oils but it's smoke point is in that range.  Looking at the pricing at Walmart, olive oil is 3 to 5 times the price of things like Crisco and Wesson.
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
I use olive oil for frying chips (french fries) in a shallow pan. I wouldn't use it in a deep pan or fryer because of the price. Although the lighter olive oils are recommended (on their own label on the bottle)  for frying. The smoke point is higher. They don't have the nice smell or flavour of the heavier oils but probably have health benefits if there is such a thing.
I believe some foods can be bad for you and make you ill, but I don't believe th e converse, that any food can be so good for you that it makes you healthy, other things do that.
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BillDLCommented:
The oil chosen by various cultures around the world are what have imparted particular flavours to those regional dishes.  There is also the issue of how crispy and browned you want your fried food.

Traditional Fish and Chip shops used to use fat ("Beef Dripping") for cooking.  They used it repeatedly, allowing it to cool and harden again overnight.  I knew a Scottish-Italian guy who wrapped his night's takings in a sealed plastic bag and tossed it into a frying basket that he submerged in the cooling fat until the next day when he could retrieve it as the fat began to melt again.  The older the fat, the better the texture and taste of fried potatoes (US = fries, UK = chips) and the batter on the fish.  Brand new oil or fat doesn't brown and crisp up the outside of the fish and chips, and older UK people (like Ors-Ankh-Aten ;-) will always be heard saying that they don't make fish and chips like they used to.  Some traditional fish and chip shops still swear by fat, and use "de-oderised beef fat", but obviously vegetarians avoid them:
http://www.obanchipshop.co.uk/fishchips.html
Science mixes with tradition:
http://www.federationoffishfriers.co.uk/pages/nutritional-info-605.htm

Unfortunately for some, but fortunately for health-conscious people, places like fish and chip shops tend not to use fat any more, and tend to use Sunflower or Rape Seed Oil in its place.  Groundnut Oil is also good, but more expensive.  The oil doesn't last as long before it has to be changed.

Indian cooking often uses Ghee, which is clarified butter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarified_butter - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/clarified-butter).  It has a VERY high smoke point, which makes this an ideal frying "oil".

North African people use something called Smen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smen), but I'm afraid the name would put me off ;-)

In East Asia they often use Sesame Seed Oil, which imparts quite a unique flavour to foods.  The light stuff tolerates high temperatures and doesn't go off as readily as the dark stuff that isn't suitable to deep frying.

Personally I would only use Olive Oil for shallow frying at lower temperatures, and only for dishes that I feel that the taste of the oil compliments.  I haven't deep-fried anything for many years, but would generally use a blend of Sunflower and Rape Seed oil.

http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips/tips/a3653/the-grease-in-the-pan-8-cooking-oils-75532/

Everyone's an expert when it comes to the healthy/unhealthy debate.  When it comes right down to it, common sense, a varied diet, and exercise is what keeps you healthy.  No matter what oil you use, if you eat "unhealthy" food deep-fried in oil that is supposed to be good for you, and don't eat any fruit or vegetables, the benefits are cancelled out.  If you do this 7 nights a week and sit in front of the TV every night, the choice of frying oil is an insignificant factor to health.
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
Older?
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BillDLCommented:
I knew you were up and about to see that, because you posted elsewhere.  OK, so if your year of birth precedes the Rolling Stones debut at the Marquee Club in London, you are older than me ;-)
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
I was too young to attend, does that count?
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BillDLCommented:
As I suspected, and I'll bet you have been heard saying:
"They don't make chips like they used to" and "Is it my imagination, or are these Wagon Wheels and Penguin bars getting smaller?"
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
They certainly are getting smaller, but remember this is a question about the health benefits of olive oil.
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BillDLCommented:
Oh yes, I forgot that I had made a foray outwith the safety of The Lounge.  Sorry for the digression.
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Why?  Were none of the comments at all helpful to you?

People took the time to share thoughts and facts with you, and I think they deserve to know a reason.
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
If you need more specific information than has been given then just ask. Deleting the question is usually an option when a question has had no replies and up have found the answer yourself.  You have had several replies to this question and not responded so nobody knows whether you need more, what kind of thing you are looking for, or whether you don't understand the help you have already been given.
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