10 Unhealthy Habits You Need to Break Now (Page 9)

Cooking Everything in Olive Oil Pictured Recipe: Tofu & Broccoli Stir-Fry

8. Cooking Everything in Olive Oil

Even though olive oil is packed with heart-healthy antioxidants (called polyphenols) and monounsaturated fats, which can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise “good” HDL cholesterol levels, there are times when it’s not the best choice for cooking. Why? Because olive oil has a lower smoke point than some other oils (that’s the point at which an oil literally begins to smoke and olive oil’s is between 365° and 420°F). When you heat olive oil to its smoke point, the beneficial compounds in oil start to degrade, and potentially health-harming compounds form. So if you’re cooking over high heat, skip it. However, olive oil is a great choice for making salad dressing or sautéing vegetables over medium heat.

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