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Spilling 'Oil' the Goods
Olive Oil vs Canola Oil

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

A little healthy oil does a body good.

The Good Oils: Canola Oil & Olive Oil Nutrition Comparison

Both canola oil and olive oil contain zero carb grams, zero cholesterol and also are negligible in protein, fiber and sugar. There are a lot of goose eggs there, aren't there?

But even though oils lack cholesterol - a common enemy of the daily diet, oils are chief contributors to heart disease and other medical woes.

Therefore, foods containing zero cholesterol may contribute to high cholesterol levels in the blood.

And of course, it almost goes without saying that because oils are extreme in calories, they can quickly pack on pounds.

Often times, it's the oils that we can't see that do the most damage - such as those that have been inserted into tasty bakery goodies.

When reaching for oil - because a little oil can be a good thing nutritionally speaking, we recommend olive oil - the extra virgin olive oil which is the first pressing of the olive. Another great choice is canola oil.

Nutritional Comparison of Cooking Oils

Nutrient

Canola

1 Tbsp

Canola

1 cup

Canola

1 Tsp

Olive

1 Tbsp

Olive

1 Cup

Olive

1 Tsp

Carb g
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
Calories
124
1927
40
119
1909
40
Total lipid (fat) g
14.00
218.00
4.50
13.50
216.00
4.50
Vitamin E mg
2.39
37.28
0.77
1.94
31.00
0.65
Vitamin K mcg
17.1
266.0
5.5
8.1
130.0
2.7
Cholesterol mg
0
0
0
0
0
0
Monounsaturated g
8.246
128.402
2.651
9.850
157.596
3.283
Polyunsaturated g
4.144
64.528
1.332
1.421
22.730
0.474
Saturated g
0.994
15.478
0.320
1.864
29.825
0.621

In Summary

A little oil in the daily diet contributes to good health but a lot of oil creates a downward spiral. Always - and we mean ALWAYS, measure out the amount of oil used. It may mean the difference between gaining a few pounds or not.

 

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