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Points To Consider
Health Benefits
Oil Categories


Points to Consider:

Health Benefits:

Extensive scientific research has shown that olive oil (sometimes in conjunction with a Mediterranean diet):

Oil Categories:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This is the best form of olive oil as it has excellent aroma and flavour, and a free fatty acid level of no more than 1%. It is a particularly healthy olive oil, being low in saturated fats and high in natural anti-oxidants. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is ideal in salads, as a condiment or in hot dishes to bring out the full flavour.

 

Virgin Olive Oil

This still has high standards of aroma and flavour, with a free fatty acid level of no more than 2%. Ideal for use in salad dressings and when cooking.

 

Olive Oil

If the olive oil does not meet the standards required for an Extra Virgin or Virgin Olive Oil, it is usually refined to make it suitable for human consumption. The refined oil has little aroma or flavour and may be blended with a small amount of virgin grade oil to enhance it. Terms such as 'Light' or 'Lite' refer to colour and flavour, not fat content, while 'Pure' is simply a marketing term. This is a common form of olive oil, which is versatile and may be used for baking or frying.
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