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I started using olive oil a long time ago when people started saying frying food, butter and cookink oil was bad for you. I normally have extra virgin oil, but I've just looked at the label and for some reason I have not got it this time but ' light and mild'.
It is a bit more expensive but I don't mind paying as the health benefits olive oil esp extra virgin oil are worth it.
The high levels of mono unsaturated fats help lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease. It also has vitamins A nd E for your hair and skin.
There are alternatives to using olive oil of course, some with lower levels of fat and cheaper, others harder to find but possibly healthier ( coconut oil, peanut oil ).
This is the standard oil I use for everything as it says on the bottle - ' for every day frying and roasting '
At the moment I have a 500 ml bottle of Napolina Light and mild olive oil. I bought this from Tesco a couple of months ago, and it is completely empty, I have been looking for a one on offer but it looks like I am going to need to buy a new bottle of this or a similar brand.
The other oil I get is Borges Extra virgin oil which has slightly less saturated fat than Napolina at 11g per 100 g. From what I have read saturated fat is not as bad as was first thought.
This is £4.25 at the moment for 500 ml, the 250 ml at £2.25 one does not last long at all.
Fat 91 g
Which saturates 13 g
I would recommend the Extra virgin oil or this light and mild as it is very easy to cook with but doesn't have the extra health benefits of the extra virgin oil. It is used by everyone in the Mediterranean, whether they have looked at alternatives or not I don't know.
There was an article in the independent highlighting a study in 1966 where they lost half the data - so causing everyone to think butter was killing everyone ! I couldnt post the link here as it was too long.
Here is the actual random blind 1966 0 1973 study into saturated fats with omega 6.
Napolina olive oil 100% olive oil Ideal for sauces and seasonings