Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Rapeseed oil versus olive oil


Guest blog Dr Richard Hoffman, School of Life and Medical Sciences

Rapeseed oil is increasingly touted as being as healthy as olive oil. But is there good evidence for this? In an article published in the British Journal of Nutrition, Dr Richard Hoffman, School of Life and Medical Sciences, reviews the evidence for the health benefits of rapeseed oil. Although rapeseed oil is rich in "good" fats - mainly monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats - there is very limited evidence that this translates into a real reduction in disease risk. By contrast, the evidence for the health benefits of virgin olive oil are very strong, and this may be linked to the high levels of antioxidants in the oil; unfortunately these are lacking in rapeseed oil. So, based on current evidence, the conclusion from this study is that though it costs a little more, olive oil, especially virgin olive oil, is healthier and gives you more protection against disease.

Virgin olive oil is healthier and gives more protection against disease than rapeseed oil concludes a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Although rapeseed oil is rich in "good" fats there is very limited evidence that this translates into a real reduction in disease risk. By contrast, the evidence for the health benefits of virgin olive oil is very strong, and this may be linked to the high levels of antioxidants in the oil; unfortunately these are lacking in rapeseed oil. So the conclusion from this study is that though it costs a little more, virgin olive oil is healthier and gives you more protection against disease.