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“Can I use extra virgin olive oil for frying?” The truth you need to know

“Can I use extra virgin olive oil for frying?” The truth you need to know

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Is it possible to fry with extra virgin olive oil?

There is an eternal question that all lovers of cooking and good food ask themselves:

“Can I use extra virgin olive oil for frying?”

Let’s expand this question not by limiting ourselves to frying alone but in general to the cooking preparation of foods.

Extra virgin olive oil is a mainstay of the Mediterranean diet, prized for its unique flavor and its many health benefits. However, when it comes to baking and frying, opinions are often divided. Let’s dig deeper to understand why.

Why does cooking and frying with extra virgin olive oil raise doubts?

Quality extra virgin olive oil is known for its supply of polyphenols.

Polyphenols, famous for their antioxidant properties (if you want to find out in detail what polyphenols are and which ones are contained in our extra virgin olive oil we have written an article that you can read by clicking here), are among the main responsible for the health benefits attributed to ‘EVO.

However, studies have shown that exposure to high temperatures, typical of cooking but especially of frying, can significantly decrease their content.

This process not only reduces the nutritional profile of EVOO but also alters its flavor and aroma, raising doubts about its effectiveness in such culinary contexts.

So, what does science tell us about this?

The studies carried out by the Federico II University of Naples between 2002 and 2006 by Raffaele Sacchi, Professor of food science and technology, led to a surprising discovery regarding extra virgin olive oil (EVO): frying in this type of olive oil is less susceptible to oxidation than other frying oils, transforming it into a practice that is not only tasty but also potentially beneficial to health, so much so that it is defined as a “fried functional food”.

The validity of this discovery received further confirmation in 2021 from the USDA, the American agency that deals with food safety, which included EVO oil among the oils with “high smoke point”, thus officially making it suitable for frying .

In a period in which research on the foods of the future aims to find healthy and sustainable solutions, Professor Raffaele Sacchi’s works have highlighted how innovation can also pass through the reevaluation of culinary traditions.

It is no coincidence that in the cultures of the Mediterranean Diet, famous for the longevity of their inhabitants, EVO oil has always been used for cooking and frying.

Its rich composition of monounsaturated fatty acids and phenolic antioxidants reduces the formation of potentially harmful substances during frying, contributing to the well-being of the liver and stimulating the metabolism.

So can you fry with extra virgin olive oil?

The answer is yes, you could fry and cook with extra virgin olive oil but we do not recommend using a high-quality extra virgin olive oil such as a Monocultivar or a D.O.P. for frying, it would be like going for a picnic by the lake in a tuxedo 🙂

Our passion for EVO guides us in the continuous search for quality and excellence.

We firmly believe that the extraordinary qualities of EVO must be enhanced through its use raw, in condiments or finishes that preserve its taste and nutritional properties.

However, we also recognize the need for EVOO that is more suitable for everyday culinary use, especially for high-temperature cooking.

For this reason, we have developed an extra virgin olive oil specifically optimized for cooking.

This product combines the tradition and quality of EVO oil with the versatility required by modern cuisine, offering an alternative that does not compromise flavor or health benefits.

Discover our 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil: the EVO oil for daily use in the kitchen.

Discover our EVO oil for daily use in the kitchen

“Perfect for cooking tasty and healthy dishes, it is ideal for daily consumption. It enhances any dish, giving the preparations a light herbaceous note and hints of toasted almond”

Here for you our proposal: 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil

  • “Majolika 100% Italian” Extra Virgin olive oil 750 ml

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