Olive oil is very popular because it is considered good for your health. Healthline says that olive oil has a lot of "healthy fats," or monounsaturated fats.
It also has a number of antioxidants and may lower the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and keeping bad cholesterol from getting into the body.
Olive oil seems to have more benefits the more we understand. Despite our understanding, the name may be inaccurate. Is that oil or fruit juice, then?
Olive oil is a juice. Olives are drupes. According to Britannica, a "drupe" is a stone fruit with one seed protected by a pit.
Peaches, cherries, and mangoes are examples of drupes. Raspberries and blackberries, in fact, are clusters of extremely small drupes.
And, the production of olive oil is quite similar to that of other fruit liquids, but different from that of other culinary oils.
Olive oil is created by crushing the fruit to separate the juice and flesh. But, Sunflower, safflower, and canola oils are made using chemical solvents.
Even though olive oil is essentially a type of fruit juice, we utilize it like we would any other cooking oil, so the name is not wholly inaccurate.
Olive oil has become a health trend, but it's not like fruit juice. First, it's calorie-dense and can create an unsettled stomach if drank.
Olive oil retains the consistency and cooking capabilities we expect from oil, even if certain varieties have a lower smoke point than other common kitchen oils.