Why is Olive Oil Healthier than Vegetable Oils?
Most vegetable oils, including corn, soy and canola, are extracted from the seeds using solvents, such as Hexane, and heat. The resulting extracted oils are rancid and must be bleached and deodorized in order to make them edible for human consumption. These processes destroy any natural nutrients and produce free radicals that can contribute to a host of diseases.
In comparison, extra virgin olive oil is a natural fruit juice containing polyphenols, the valuable antioxidants found in no other edible oil, which is thought to be responsible for the low incidence of heart disease associated with the Mediterranean diet.