Olive Oil vs. Grapeseed Oil: Which One Do You Need?
Choosing between olive oil vs. grapeseed oil is like choosing between a BMW or a Mercedes Benz.
Both are excellent choices and are superior to refine or highly processed oils that offer few health benefits — if any.
Part of this has to do with the way these two oils are made.
They are (or should be) cold-pressed, which means they are made without heat or chemicals –
What does this mean?
Just fresh from nature so that they retain their nutrients, antioxidants.
And other properties that nourish the body and fight off cancer as well as other serious illnesses.
Before hitting the highlights on how olive oil and grapeseed oil benefit the body, here is a little background on how they are made:
How Olive Oil Is Processed:
Archeological evidence shows that olive oil was made as early as 4000 BC.
Production begins with the harvesting of the olives. Maturation and variety are the two major influences that contribute to taste.
There are hundreds of different kinds of olives.
Traditionally, the olives were handpicked.
They shook the branches and gathered the olives in nets long ago.
Today there are shaker machines that shake the branches as the olives are gathered into nets that have been lain below the trees.
The olives are then washed. Twigs leaves and other debris are removed as the olives pass through grids.
The fruit is then ready to be pressed into a paste. Donkeys used to pull a stone wheel around to crush the olives in the early days.
Nowadays, we have machines that include wiper blades to press the olives. They are crushed to release the oil.
The next step is malaxing (mixing) the paste.
This allows the fruit enzymes to produce wonderful aromas and flavors.
The next step is for the paste to be spread on fiber disks that are stacked on top of each other.
After being put through a hydraulic press, the pressure is applied to the disks so that the oil.
And juice runs out. After the fluid is removed, what remains is pure olive oil — a real Earthen Treasure!
Within the tiny seeds of grapes is a wee bit of amazing oil that is cherished for its health.
And beauty benefits. Like olive oil, grapeseed oil has been used for thousands of years for its outstanding qualities.
The earliest recorded date that I have found is 4,000 BCE.
It is the byproduct of winemaking.
After the grapes are crushed, the seeds are sifted out along with the grape skins. The seeds are in turn, crushed for the oil within that has amazing properties in and of itself.
One link between the two oils that I found is contained in the ancient biblical narrative or Noah and the ark.
After the ark landed upon the mountains of Ararat in Turkey, it has been recorded that Noah sent out a dove that plucked an olive branch.
And returned to the ark with it.
This has been noted as a sign of peace worldwide.
So, how did it all start?
No one really knows.
But maybe somebody brought a bunch of grapes onto the ark, for soon afterward it is said that Noah planted a vineyard.
He ended up getting drunk, which turned out to be a very unfortunate ordeal for him, indeed (Genesis 9:20, 21).
However, this narrative illustrates an interesting link between the grape and the olive.
And has been used throughout millennia as a warning against drinking.
Together, these two amazing oils have been around for as long as people have been stomping out grapes and crushing seeds.
And have been cherished for their very special properties.
Today, grapeseed oil is usually produced in factories by crushing the grape seeds.
It takes around 30 kilograms of grape seeds to make 250 ml of grapeseed oil.
There should be no chemicals or solvents used during the extraction process.
Both oils should be cold-pressed, which simply means that the oil was not heated during the process.
And the virgin oils have not been diluted.
The seeds are crushed and sifted, forcing the tiny amount of valuable oil out from the seeds.
The bottle should state that the olive or grapeseed oil was cold-pressed or expeller-pressed.
If not, there is a reason to believe that you are paying for a lesser quality oil that has been diluted, heated, or it contains harmful solvents like hexane.
The Healthiest Fat on The Planet: Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) comes from the first time the olives were pressed.
It contains the most nutrients, antioxidants and special properties than regular olive oil.
Look for a dark bottle in the store that states:
First press. It is the tastiest and best for the body and mind.
A dark green or brown glass bottle is preferable.
Because it prevents oxidation, the loss of nutrients and special properties.
Regular olive oil, virgin olive oil, and restaurant-quality olive oils come from the second, third or even fourth pressing of the olives, with the lowest quality being used as lamp oil.
The inferior qualities are usually refined.
And do not have as many antioxidants, polyphenols or other nutrients that fight inflammation and disease.
EVOO has not been refined during processing, neither does it contain chemicals, nor is diluted with other inferior oils such as:
- or other common oils.
The natural extraction process that is used to produce EVOO ensures that it retains all of its original nutrients and antioxidants.
Extra virgin olive oil is said to be the healthiest fat on the planet.
Because it contains over 30 various types of phenolic compounds, which are very powerful antioxidants that help our bodies to fight free radicals that cause premature aging and cancer. Not only that —
Just Get A Load Of This!
There have been so many worldwide studies done on extra virgin olive oil — that they are readily accessed by a click of the search button on your computer.
These studies have all come to the same amazing conclusions concerning the healing and beauty benefits of using extra virgin olive oil on a regular basis — of at least two tablespoons a day.
Here are the familiar highlights:
Extra virgin olive oil reduces the risk:
- Of coronary disease
- Heart attacks
- And vascular disease.
The bioactive compounds in EVOO such as antioxidants, fight free radicals that cause cancer; moreover, in doing so, it increases longevity, especially for individuals who are at risk.
Extra virgin olive oil contains polyphenols, phytosterols, Vitamin E and a rich supply of antioxidants that work together to lower and regulates blood pressure, which is a key component of strokes.
EVOO contains oleic acid and bioactive compounds that prevent coronary disease and lowers LDL (bad cholesterol).
It also is said to reduce hypertension.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Reduces Inflammation:
It contains oleocanthal, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Oleocanthal has been found to mimic ibuprofen in studies. If you can heal the cause of your inflammation, you can heal your pain.
Inflammation is the source of much of the pain we experience.
EVOO has been found to naturally reduce the pain caused by chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
In addition to fighting coronary disease, oleic acid and Oleocanthal reduce the risk of arthritis, diabetes.
And, according to some studies:
Reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the polyphenols, work to keep the arteries and veins more elastic.
Polyphenols are micronutrients with antioxidant activity that play an important role in preventing diabetes, cancer, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.
Some studies suggest that EVOO can prevent unwanted blood clotting.
This is very good news for individuals who suffer from varicose veins and/or heart disease.
One study in France noted that individuals who consumed the highest amounts of olive oil had a 41% lower risk of having a stroke than people who did not use olive oil.
The Mayo Clinic states that in addition to lowering blood pressure:
EVOO helps to prevent breast cancer and acute pancreatitis.
By controlling blood sugar levels: EVOO helps with Type 2 Diabetes, helps fight Alzheimer’s disease, reduces inflammation and helps combat depression.
These benefits (and more) have contributed to formulating The Mediterranean Diet, of which EVOO is a key ingredient.
EVOO contains a rich store of antioxidants, which in turn fight the free radicals that cause cancer and other diseases.
As the antioxidants prevent diseases, they also work to reduce premature signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles.
Grapeseed oil also contains powerful antioxidants called procyanidin oligomers; these work more specifically to prevent different types of skin cancers.
Many of the worldwide studies have centered on the people in the Mediterranean belt countries.
It has been found that they have lower instances of cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses mentioned here.
In addition to living longer and healthier than the people who do not use olive oil regularly: there are fewer instances of obesity.
How does EVOO help people to become thinner?
Did You Know?
The people in Greece have a custom upon awakening in the morning to drink a half cup of EVOO mixed with fresh lime juice.
This sounds perfectly awful to my western taste buds, but it is true.
They do this as a dietary aide.
How is it that at 119 calories a tablespoon, extra virgin olive oil has been linked with weight loss instead of weight gain?
1. It is because EVOO is very satiating. It gives people a healthy feeling of fullness v. the false sense of fullness given by the chemicals in diet pills;
2. The nutrients in EVOO are absorbed more readily into the system for maximum value and sustainability;
3. The people understand that they will use less unhealthy fat like butter on their foods if they cook with extra virgin olive oil.
There is no evidence of olive oil being linked with weight gain. Evidence to the contrary points to how EVOO is associated with weight loss.
The fat composition of EVOO is a major component to its value because it is made up of monounsaturated fat–73%, which is vital to having a healthy heart.
It sounds like a lot of fat, but it is good news because the coronary disease is a major cause of death, next to traffic accidents.
And EVOO reduces the chance of dying from heart-related conditions.
The Mediterranean diet, rich in EVOO, is also an anti-inflammatory diet.
This diet causes a reduction in the markers of chronic inflammation, maintains good blood pressure, and good cholesterol as well as stable blood glucose levels — all of these contribute to a healthy and happy life.
Grapeseed Oil What You Need To Know:
If the bottle of grapeseed oil you are thinking about buying does not state how it has been processed:
There is a reason to think the oil has been made with toxic solvents, like hexane, which is classified as an air pollutant and neurotoxin.
What you buy should be 100% grapeseed oil.
Most of it comes from France, Italy, and Switzerland, although there are a few sources that manufacture grapeseed oil in the USA, mostly in California and Arizona.
It takes one ton of grapes to produce a 33-ounce bottle of grapeseed oil.
However, just in CA alone: there are enough grape seeds to make 12 million bottles of oil a year.
Grapeseed oil is lower in nutrients than olive oil but high in Omega 6 Fatty Acids.
The fat composition contains 10% Saturated Fat, 16% Monounsaturated Fat, and 70% Polyunsaturated Fat.
The low percentage of Saturated Fat is good because saturated fat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. The unsaturated fats are good for the body.
And can help your health to improve.
Your body needs a good balance of Omega 3, 6 and 9 Fatty Acids. When taken in moderation and in the place of saturated fats, Omega 6 fatty acids can be good for your heart.
Your body needs essential fatty acids. The linoleic and linoleic acids in grapeseed oil come from the Omega 6 group.
These serve different functions in the body.
More research is needed into grapeseed oil to see how these two properties are working to promote good health.
Grapeseed oil has a higher flash point (the point that it catches fire on the stove) and a higher smoke point than olive oil, but some gourmet restaurants like to use it to sauté.
It has a lower smoke point than olive oil, so keep in mind that it smokes easily on the stove and can catch fire.
The smoke point means the point when the oil starts to smoke on the stove — the temperature in which the oil begins to break down and lose its nutritive composition.
Personally, I like to use grapeseed oil in baking cakes, brownies or suchlike.
It is a light, almost tasteless oil that makes a wonderful salad oil. I like to toss salads with a little grapeseed oil and fresh lemon juice.
I like to use olive oil to sauté meat or stir fry, but I do use both in cooking, on salads, and on my skin.
A Favorite Recipe that my children used to love growing up is to make popcorn with extra virgin olive oil.
The olive oil gives the popped corn an exquisite taste. Then, top it with a few nutritional yeast flakes.
Then shake it all up with a bit of salt and garlic powder (and a small amount of butter if you absolutely have to have it).
It’s just wonderful!
Pamper yourself by mixing a few tablespoons of oatmeal with a little bit of olive oil to make a paste.
Apply it as a facial masque to clean skin. Leave it on for about fifteen minutes or until it is dry, then rinse thoroughly.
Then, apply grapeseed oil around your eyes.
It will settle-in almost immediately, and you will feel the difference.
Grapeseed oil helps to lessen the appearance of dark circles under the eyes, as well as lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Grapeseed oil has a high Vitamin E content that is good for your skin and helps to even out your skin color.
Vitamin E also works as a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps protect your cells from damaging and cancer-causing free radicals.
So, this is another reason why grapeseed oil is good for your face.
It is absorbed almost immediately by the skin and sets to work at making the skin healthier, softer, more elastic and younger-looking.
A More Beautiful YOU!
Grapeseed oil is a good choice of a moisturizer
This is because it penetrates the skin quickly and does not feel greasy.
Even better, it does not clog pores, as does olive oil.
So, it is good to use to remove makeup or to directly apply as a facial moisturizer, or a nurturing base underneath makeup.
This oil is rich in Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids that help promote moisture retention.
The antioxidant properties help slow the signs of aging so that you can maintain a soft and more youthful complexion.
The linoleic acid in grapeseed oil contains a rich store of antioxidants that nourish and protect your skin.
It is considered a cost-effective alternative to eye cream.
And is said to lighten dark circles under the eyes and even out the skin tone because of its special compounds that fight the free radicals that cause skin damage, cancer, and premature aging.
Because grapeseed oil contains anti-inflammatory properties and high levels of linoleic acid:
It is really good for acne-prone sensitive skin.
It is also regarded as a treatment for acne because the linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that has been proven to speed up the healing process as well as decrease the formation of keloid scars.
The rich Vitamin E content also aides in this healing process as well.
Many people like to massage it into the scar tissue to lighten and treat scars as well as blemished skin.
I like to use it around my eyes to help lessen the fine lines and wrinkles.
Other people like to use olive oil for this same reason.
Either way, you are nurturing your skin with amazing nutrients instead of using chemical compounds that were developed in the laboratory.
Grapeseed oil is also wonderful for the skin and is almost instantly absorbed.
When I use olive oil (usually mixed in a balm) on my face or neck:
I just keep in mind that I’ll need to exfoliate every two weeks or so because, unlike grapeseed oil, EVOO will clog your pores.
The benefits are worth a little extra effort.
Both oils are good for keeping the skin hydrated.
However, olive oil forms a better protective barrier for the skin than grapeseed oil does.
Grapeseed oil is better for helping the skin tone to be evener.
Both grapeseed and extra virgin olive oil prevent premature aging because of special properties like antioxidants and vitamins.
Grapeseed oil is particularly good for mature skin
This is because it is rich in OPC, which is a compound that fights free radicals that cause aging and stimulates the production of collagen, which gives elasticity and a youthful glow to the skin.
One article on Health line that was reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, RN, IBCLC notes that it is used as a topical treatment that promotes healthy skin on a cellular level.
Because of Vitamin E, beta-carotene.
And linoleic acid that all work together to regenerate and replace aging or damaged cells, as well as fight off the inflammation involved in acne breakouts.
The concentration of high levels of certain fatty acids has been linked to wound healing and even helping to fight off acne-causing bacteria.
Then, when used regularly, grapeseed oil continues to heal acne scars because of its concentration of vitamin E.
Some researchers say with regular use: you should see improvement within two weeks of the tone and general appearance of your skin
As I was listening to words of wisdom one day on Youtube from seniors who were one hundred years and older, I was amazed to listen to one centenarian who was asked by the interviewer what he did to have such great almost wrinkle-free skin.
She asked him, “What do you put on your skin to give it such a healthy glow.
You hardly have a line or a wrinkle.” He said, “Olive oil, that’s all I’ve ever used on it.” His skin was like that of a thirty-year-old.
The nutrient content of 100 grams of olive oil contains:
Saturated fat – 13.8%
Monounsaturated fat – 73%
Omega-6 – 9.7%
Omega 3 – 0.76%
Vitamin E – 72% of the RDA
Vitamin K – 75% of the RDA
EVOO improves the endothelial function of the endothelium, which means that it keeps the lining of the blood vessels healthy.
Some of the studies have shown that olive oil can help prevent unnecessary blood from clotting, which happens during strokes and heart attacks.
Grapeseed oil is also great for the skin. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, Omega 6, Omega 3 fatty acids are critical to skin function and appearance.
The Omega 6 fatty acids are necessary for the skin barrier function. The main Omega 6 (PUFA) in grapeseed oil is linoleic acid, which is said to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Moisturize skin
- Heal acne
- Lighten skin tone
- Tighten pores
- Reduce the appearance of scars.
It has also been used as a natural remedy for baldness because linoleic acid has been found to stimulate hair growth.
Many people enjoy massaging a little grapeseed oil or olive oil into their scalps before shampooing to make their hair shiny and to avoid dandruff problems.
Worried About Calories?
Grapeseed oil has about 120 calories of fat, basically the same as extra virgin olive oil.
But the benefits you gain from using these two oils are well worth the investment of a couple of tablespoons of each a day.
Just cut down on saturated fats and give your body a real treat.
The fatty acid composition in grapeseed oil is :
Saturated fat – 10%,
Monounsaturated fat – 16%,
Polyunsaturated fat – 70%.
So, you see: it is high in the type of fats that are good for your body.
Like olive oil, grapeseed oil contains a significant amount of Vitamin E.
And, compared to taking sunflower oil, grapeseed oil improved insulin resistance.
And reduced levels of C-reactive protein, which is a common inflammatory marker.
As more studies are being conducted on grapeseed oil, the public will become aware of even more benefits.
On a personal note, I prefer to use grapeseed oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice on my salads while reserving olive oil for pan-frying.
I tend to use both for baking. So, whether you use these oils on your skin, hair, or along with preparing your food:
it is wonderful to note that they will both be working along with your body systems to give you optimal health.
I wish you many years of enjoying the use of these oils as you experience a wealth of benefits from these Earthern Treasures.
Bonus Recipe Just For You:
In closing, here is a favorite recipe for a head-to-toe healing skin balm that I make often and use regularly:
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup of coconut oil
1 cup 100% aloe vera gel
4-6 tablespoons liquid Vitamin E (for skincare)
Approx. ¼ cup spring water or ¼ cup 100% aloe vera juice.
Blend all this up in a blender. Place blender in the refrigerator until the oils are cool.
Then, do a test to see if you want the consistency firmer or easier to spread. If you want a firmer consistency: add an equal amount of the oils and aloe vera gel.
If you want the consistency to be easier to apply: add more spring water. Then, transfer to plastic containers with tightly fitting lids.
Keep refrigerated. The oils will separate if they are left out at room temperature. You can even store this balm in your freezer. Use every day.
I have found that this works better than lotions and expensive facial creams for fine lines and wrinkles. Most especially, it deeply moisturizes your skin, heals irritated skin, chapped skin, diaper rash, scratches and etc.
After applying, give it about fifteen minutes to become absorbed by the body.
If used after showering or bathing, wait about fifteen minutes before dressing. Your skin will feel baby soft, and with regular use: it will look great.
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Irene Mills, is a dedicated wife. And, a mom of two young children. She graduated as a Bachelor in Science with an orientation in Architecture. As well as Literature, and Language. She thrives, in the writing of drama, romance, and adventure. With a high interest in the truth of nature and Organic lifestyle. Want to know more? check out our about us page.