Olive Oil Calories

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Olive Oil Calories

Have you ever wondered if virgin olive oil has fewer calories than pure olive oil? No matter what the type, olive oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, and the calories are the same. Terms that may confuse consumers, such as "virgin" and "extra virgin" olive oil, refer to the acid content—not the nutrient content. Extra virgin olive oil has less acid and a fruitier flavor than "pure" or "virgin" olive oil. Because it has more aroma and flavor, you can use less.

What about light olive oil? The term "light" refers to the color and fragrance, not to the calories, fat content, or if it has an olive-oil flavor.

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Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




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