Here is a comparison of two very popular types of oils to find out which one is healthier.
For far too long there has been an endless debate about the health benefits of consuming sunflower oil and olive oil. Both of these oils have various nutritional and health benefits but, the debate to choose one among these has not come to any conclusion yet. Read on to know which one of these oils are better for our health.
Fat. Both of these are plant based oils and contain about 120 calories in each tablespoon serving. Both of these oils are also rich in PUFA and MUFA, which are beneficial in lowering the bad cholesterol levels in the blood. Sunflower is rich in linoleic acid, omega 3 fatty acids, and omega 6 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and also benefit the neurological functions. Olive oil, on the other hand, is rich in oleic acid and suppresses the activity of oncogene and carcinogens (from cooked meat) in our body.
Vitamin E. Sunflower oil is a rich source of vitamin E and can prevent colon cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. Olive oil contains a good quantity of vitamin E in the alpha-tocopherol form, much like the sunflower oil.
Vitamin K. Olive oil contains a higher quantity of vitamin K (more than 8 micro gram) in each tablespoon serving whereas sunflower oil contains barely 1 micro gram in each tablespoon.
Minerals. Sunflower oil is vegetable oil and contains no minerals whatsoever. Olive oil is a fruit oil and contains various minerals, though in minuscule amounts such as iron, calcium, sodium, and potassium.
Going by the above comparison it is clear that olive oil is much healthier than sunflower oil!