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Whats the difference between olive oil and vegetable oil?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:17 PM on Mar. 5, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Olive oil comes from olives only. It has a low smoking temperature and burns easily.

    Vegetable oil comes from other vegetable sources. It's usually a blend. It may contain corn oil, cotton seed oil, safflower oil, canola (rape seed) oil, or other seed oils. Each brand is different. It has a higher smoking temperature.

    Some vegetable oil blends are as "healthy" as olive oil. You have to read the label on each brand.

    Answer by ecodani at 5:37 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • vegetable oil comes from sunflowers

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:18 PM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • The above as well as olive oil is healthy, and produces less fattening substances.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 9:36 PM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • Olive oil also has a different flavor than vegetable oil, not a bad taste, though. It really adds to Italian or Mediterranean dishes.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 10:01 PM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • Olive oil is better for you, it has a lighter flavor (unless you get a flavored oil, that is), and it has a lower flash point, so you need to be more careful when heating it / heat it at a lower temp.


    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:41 AM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • Olive oil is healthier for you because its higher in the good fats than other vegetable oils. It's darker normally, and it has a stronger flavor if you get extra-virgin olive oil. It is NOT good for frying in because it will get a very very bitter taste and it has a lower smoke temp meaning it will burn quicker. It's great for using to make homemade salad dressings, flavored oils for bread dipping, drizzle on toast and top with tomato puree, pretty much anything where you use the oil fresh not cooked. Don't use it for baking because it will give the foods a bitter flavor. I spent 3 years living in Spain and really learned a lot about good quality olive oils over there.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 9:00 AM on Mar. 6, 2010