Deep Frying with Olive Oil Imparts Healthy Compounds
We often get the question: “Can you cook with extra virgin olive oil? Some sources on the internet say NO?” The smoking point of a true extra virgin olive oil is 410 degrees, so it works very well for cooking. While some healthy compounds are lost during cooking, olive oil is still a much healthier alternative for cooking than other oils.
A recent study in Food
Chemistry showed that healthy elements found in virgin olive oil are imparted
to food when deep frying. The compounds transferred were some of the
polyphenols and tocopherols (Vitamin E) found in higher quality olive oil. They
also acknowledged that some of the healthy compounds are destroyed during the
cooking process, but that the end result has much healthier phenols than when
deep frying with oils that lack these healthy substances, like refined
vegetable and seed oils. This test was conducted under typical household environments
and not industrial ones.
Virgin olive oils are obtained from the fruit of the olive tree with no chemical alteration or heat treatment, and differ from extra virgin olive oils due to their higher free acidity levels. The Essential Guide to Extra Virgin Olive Oil provides a clear and complete understanding of how an EVOO is made, and why it is the healthiest cooking oil of all. As you may know, Apollo Olive Oil is certified EVOO, and our website provides the free fatty acid, polyphenol, and tocopherol analyses of each of our oils.