Grapeseed Oil and Olive Oil, two equally heart healthy oils loaded with nutritional benefits, but is cooking with the two popular oils good for your health? I’ve broken down the two oils for you, the differences and how to use em’!
Grapeseed oil is a very healthy oil to cook with. It has a natural antioxidant in it called proanthocyanidin which can help lower total cholesterol as well as overall Blood Pressure. The best thing about cooking with Grapeseed oil is that is has a very high smoke point (420’ F or 216’ C). Knowing the smoke point of oils is very important because it is believed that fats that have gone past their smoke point contain large amounts of free radicals which contribute to a high risk of cancer.
Olive Oil has been known to be heart health for years. Making sure you have an organic, unrefined, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil which is the least processed of all Olive Oils is key. But the burn point of olive oil is very low, (220’ F or 190’C), which means cooking with it at high temperatures makes it become toxic in your body. So, even though it is a very heart healthy oil, it really should be a drizzle garnish after your food is cooked or strictly as a dressing.
I personally use olive oil, grape seed oil, and coconut oil in my house. All three are heart healthy and can be used for many different dishes. But of course, we always want to use oils and fats in moderation since they are much higher in calories. But adding a healthy fat to every meal will help you to crave less sugar, feel more satisfied, and to keep that cholesterol down. Here’s to your health!