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How To Tell If You Should Use Vegetable Oil Or Olive Oil
By Katy Canada
While olive oil and vegetable oil are two of the most commonly used varieties of cooking oil around the world, olive oil is minimally processed and has a deeper flavor, while vegetable oil is highly processed and has a neutral flavor. Olive oil is also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, whereas vegetable oil is full of polyunsaturated fats, which are low in nutrition.
Although olive oil has a similar smoke point to vegetable oil, you should still opt for vegetable oil when cooking at high temperatures or while deep frying, as vegetable oil is inexpensive. You can also use vegetable oil when you want the flavors from your other ingredients to shine through.
Olive oil, on the other hand, is compatible with most cooking temperatures, and can also be a great addition to marinades and salad dressings, or as a drizzle over your finished product, which can add richness and body. The strong flavor of olive oil contributes to many different kinds of dishes and generally complements its flavors.