Comparing olive and linseed oil, we can safely say that they go “foot in foot” with each other for the benefit and contraindications. Both oils have a large number of different nutrients. They are added to salads and used to make sauces, and also taken orally in small quantities to improve overall health.
The main difference between these oils is that they can be fried in olive oil, but linseed cannot even be heated. After heat treatment, linseed oil causes increased acidity, thus causing the body more harm than good.
There are also differences in percentages of nutrients:
- Vitamin E content per 100 g of product: Olive oil – 12 mg. Flaxseed oil – 2 mg.
- The content of polyunsaturated fatty acids : Olive oil – 13%. Flaxseed oil – 67.5%.
- Saturated Fatty Acid Content : Olive Oil – 17%. Flaxseed oil – 10%.
Long before our days, the use of vegetable oils in food was considered a panacea for many diseases. Also, women used oils as a cosmetic. Each nation had its own specific oils depending on the territory. So, for example, coconut and palm were common in Asia, olive in the Mediterranean countries, and hemp and flaxseed oil in Russia. Interestingly, the whole plant was used in hemp: both the stem and seeds. And on hemp root did various tinctures.
Vegetable oils are obtained by cold pressing, heat treatment and extraction. The main types of oils on store shelves are refined and unrefined oils. During refining, the oil is first subjected to mechanical cleaning, filtration and sedimentation. Then the liquid is thoroughly cleaned of phosphatides and excess fatty acids. Then the oil is passed through a kind of vacuum with hot steam. The output is a finished product without a sharp unpleasant odor. But the useful substances as a result of processing become an order of magnitude smaller.
Unrefined oil is not subjected to any processing. It is noteworthy that to this day it is considered a product for people with low incomes. In fact, unrefined oil contains a huge amount of nutrients and vitamins, which refined oil cannot boast of.
In vegetable oils, a huge amount of nutrients – saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, as well as a number of different vitamins. Let’s dwell on olive and flaxseed oils. Which one is more effective in cosmetology, and which one is more useful when taken orally?
Since ancient times, olive oil has been called “Liquid Gold. ” It was a panacea for many ailments in ancient Greece, where the olive tree originally grew. Over time, the “miracle liquid” began to be popular in neighboring countries.
Olive oil is currently a regular product in every third family in the world.
And not surprising, because it has a number of main advantages:
- Vitamins: D, E, A, P, B, K, C.
- Contains phenolic compounds that are cancer prevention.
- Stabilizes digestion processes.
- Strengthens bone tissue.
- It is used in cosmetology (the secretion of the sebaceous glands is normalized).
- Has a choleretic property
- It is useful for diseases of the stomach – gastritis, pancreatitis, ulcers.
- It is prescribed for chronic constipation.
- Reduces the risk of thrombosis.
- Strengthens blood vessels.
- Improves the immune system.
Many nutritionists strongly recommend replacing vegetable oil with olive oil, because it is it that perfectly restores the metabolic processes of the body, and therefore contributes to weight loss.
Olive oil is not suitable for frying! It will only benefit if you add it to your finished food without being cooked. According to legend, Cleopatra herself used olive oil. She added it to the water, taking a bath, and rubbed it into her skin afterwards. At the moment, many well-known cosmetic companies produce body gels, soap, hair masks, hand and face creams, which include olive oil. According to sales statistics, the most purchased is Extra Virgin Extra Virgin Olive Oil .
This product is unrefined (obtained by cold pressing). That is why its taste is so much like the taste of fresh olives.
If you really want to fry something in olive oil, it is better to use the brand Aceite de Oliva. With increasing temperature, it does not emit carcinogens and does not smoke. All the beneficial properties of the oil during frying are preserved.
Who is contraindicated in?
- Excessive consumption of olive oil is contraindicated for any person. In this case, it causes active bile secretion.
- If you suffer from frequent diarrhea.
- Not recommended for overweight people (one tablespoon contains 120 calories ).
Flaxseed oil can also be called one of the most important vegetable oils. In ancient Russia, vast territories were sown with flax. Flaxseed was brewed and drank to treat stomach problems and, with prolonged constipation. Sunflower seeds were unchanged in various prepared dishes.
Once, linseed oil was in almost every home, until it was replaced by sunflower oil. Sunflower oil was an order of magnitude cheaper, and therefore affordable for all segments of the population. In Soviet times, the fields were sown less and less frequently. Flaxseed oil began to return to almost every home. And this is not surprising, because people began to seriously think about their health.
Useful properties of linseed oil:
- Develops memory, promotes concentration.
- Blood glucose is reduced.
- Prevention of tumor diseases.
- Prevention of atherosclerosis.
- Normalization of metabolism.
- Anti-inflammatory effect.
- Protection against Alzheimer’s disease.
- The work of the gastrointestinal tract improves.
- Prevention of female and male infertility.
- Impotence treatment.
- The condition improves in women during menopause.
Who is flaxseed oil contraindicated in?
- People with hormonal imbalance.
- People with cholecystitis.
- People with kidney stones.
What oil to choose
As mentioned above, these oils blend perfectly. A mixture of oils is an excellent solution for dressing salads.
Flaxseed oil is recommended for use with:
- Inflammatory processes.
- Hemorrhoids and frequent constipation.
- The treatment of eczema and psoriasis.
- Menstrual pain.
- High blood pressure.
Olive oil shown:
- With increased excitability of the central nervous system.
- When pinched nerve roots on the back. Regular rubbing of oil in combination with warm molten wax helps a lot.
- With malfunctions of the menstrual cycle.
- With elevated cholesterol.
- For cosmetic purposes.
As you can see, each of these oils is a real storehouse of useful substances. If you compare these oils, then the first place, of course, is flaxseed.
But not everyone is ready to use it because of the pungent smell and bitter taste. Olive oil has a pleasant smell and taste. Often, people mix both of these oils. Perfectly combined with each other, they bring great benefits to human health.