Comparing the nutritional values of saturated and unsaturated fats
Not all fats we decide to add to our diet are the same and aside from the amount of calories and nutritional values, we must also consider the fat content, so the percentage of saturated and unsaturated fats it contains, as well as the presence, or otherwise, of cholesterol. These elements are very important because they closely tie in with any cardiovascular risks.
For example, coconut oil contains slightly less calories compared to olive oil (around 862 calories per 3.5 oz of the product), but the fats it contains are almost all saturated and so it has a higher impact on cardiovascular health. This also goes for butter: it contains less calories (around 715 calories per 3.5 oz), because it also contains water, which lowers the amount of calories, but it also contains cholesterol and a very high percentage of saturated fats (around 58% compared to an average of 14.5% in our Olive Oil).
So, if we are to choose which oil to use for cooking, with the same amount of calories, it is best to opt for olive oil instead of seed oil.