When it comes to health and fitness, we are super picky about what we incorporate into our diet. We manage to cut down on everything that we get to know can add to those calories, all that white sugar gets replaced with brown sugar for our daily cup of chai. Moreover, the usual basmati chaawal in your kitchen is replaced by sacks of sela chaawal for that biryani you just can’t resist. All those weight gaining ingredients are replaced with healthier substitutes in our meals, we even prepare our detox water bottles, but something that goes entirely ignored in many cases is the medium in which we prepare our meals. Whether we choose to cook our meals in ghee or oil, it does matter a lot. Also, if cooking in oil, whats the best choice between vegetable and extra virgin olive oil? Team Nutright did its research and we were able to jot down some factors to help you pick. Afterwards, the choice is yours.
Pros of cooking in olive oil
Olive oil is not just known for its benefits to the hair and skin, it is also used as a laxative when preparing medicines besides being useful as a staple cooking ingredient. Being super rich in monosaturated fats as well as toxin removing properties, olive oil has gained a lot of fandom among fitness experts as well as those who are striving to win the weight loss battle. From the three different types of olive oil which is found in your market, the extra virgin kind contains the most benefits. Due to its very natural method of extraction, olive oil is rich in minerals and vitamins that your body might be lacking from other oil sources. It is a cholesterol managing agent with anti-oxidant properties, which is why its loved by those on a diet.
Cons of cooking in olive oil
Needless to say, there aren’t a lot of downsides to olive oil cooking that can outweigh the good that it does to your body. Some people may not be very accepting of the taste it has which is comparatively stronger than vegetable oils. Also, for others, the aroma might not be very pleasing. Apart from that, one of the biggest reasons why olive oil fails to be our Ammi jaan’s favorite is because it burns and sizzles at a very low temperature. Hence, cooking in it can be a real nuisance and you need a good exhaust fan in your kitchen to work with olive oil.
Pros of vegetable oil
Ever heard of Maulvi canola oil? Yep, that’s one form of vegetable oil right there. Other forms like corn, soybean and grape seed oil are less common in Pakistan. With the intensity to bear high temperatures and not a low smoke point, these oils are our mothers’ favorite pick. Not only is it low on fats, have the lightest aroma and tang, it is also super friendly on your budget and hence you don’t have to rethink about your financial state when you are out doing your groceries for the month.
Cons of vegetable oil
It may be low on saturated forms of fat, but it is certainly very high in omega 6 polyunsaturated fats that are no good for your body in that excessive amount; contributing to inflammation leading to other diseases. Also, the extraction process involves chemical heating and pressing, something that does more harm than good. Furthermore, vegetable oil is high in trans-fats that become the root cause for diabetes and obesity in the longer run.