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Question #40516 posted on 11/03/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Which is healthier for you: canola oil or olive oil?

-friend of a health nut

A: Dear healthy,

Good question! Everything I've read suggests that they are both about equally healthy. You can read discussion of them here, here, here, and here.

Canola oil has 6% saturated fat (bad), 62% monounsaturated fat (good), and 32% polyunsaturated fat (good). Extra virgin olive oil has 14% saturated fat, 73% monounsaturated fat, and 11% polyunsaturated fat. So, by the numbers, canola oil is marginally healthier. However, the difference is slight enough that you don't need to make dietary changes based on it.

I personally swear by olive oil. (It's gotta be extra virgin though. Anything less is heresy.) I cook a lot and it makes chicken, pork, fish, pasta, and vegetables amazing. I made rosemary-and-garlic pork chops the other night pan-fried in olive oil, with penne al olio al dente. Mediterranean diets rule.

A: Dear Cognoscente,

Garlic pork chops? Sign me up!