Hello everyone! How many are the
In a country and culture like ours, olive oil is the protagonist in our diet. And if we add to this the recent concern of consumers about their nutrition, the calories in olive oil become an interesting topic for everyone.
How many calories in a spoonful of olive oil
First of all, to find out about the nutritional composition of olive oil, we will refer to a document from the Spanish Nutrition Foundation (FEN) where these values are detailed.
According to its composition, for every 100 grams of olive oil the Kilocalories (Kcal) amount to 899. Thus,
In addition to calories, 0.4 mg of iron and 5.1 mg of vitamin E are also provided for every 100 grams
How many calories in an olive
And the calories in an olive? Well, for about 100 grams of olives, about 150 calories (
Does olive oil make you fat?
Obviously, it does make you fat as it has calories like any other food. However, if it is taken in its proper measure within a
And why is it so beneficial to our health? Specially due to the “profile” of olive oil: when we speak of the “profile” we will refer to the
Thus, olive oil consists of three types of fatty acids and in the following percentages: Simple Fatty Acids (17%), Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (71%), and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (12%). Thanks to this greater presence of Monounsaturated compared to Polyunsaturated, olive oil is
properties are preserved
The stability that this greater quantity of Monounsaturated Fatty Acids gives to olive oil results in a lower oxidation against oxygen. And therefore, in
On the other hand, the greater stability of olive oil also allows food to be fried without “burning”, without losing its properties and thus enhancing the flavor of our cuisine. Something so typical of our Mediterranean cuisine, such as frying food in olive oil, is possible thanks to the stability of olive oil.
Finally, Monounsaturated Fatty Acid, apart from the stability mentioned, is very beneficial in the prevention of heart diseases. So despite the calories provided, it is convenient to consume it.
In short, all are advantages when consuming olive oil and especially if it is Extra Virgin. Always in moderation, keeping the proportion of calories ingested and burned, we will not gain weight and we will benefit from the healthy properties of
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