Acta Scientific Nutritional Health

Research ArticleVolume 2 Issue 6

Evaluation of Chemical and Physical Changes in Different Commercial Oils during Heating

De Alzaa F, Guillaume C* and Ravetti L

Modern Olives Laboratory Services, Australia

*Corresponding Author: Guillaume C, Modern Olives Laboratory Services, Australia.

Received: April 03, 2018; Published: May 05, 2018

Citation: Guillaume C., et al. “Evaluation of Chemical and Physical Changes in Different Commercial Oils during Heating”. Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 2.6 (2018).


  When cooking oils are exposed to heat, oil degradation occurs, and by-products are produced (free fatty acids, secondary products of oxidation, polar compounds). Some by-products of oil degradation have adverse effects on health. The smoke point of an oil is believed to be correlated with the safety and stability under heat, although technical evidence to support this is limited. The aim of this study was to assess the correlation between an oil’s smoke point and other chemical characteristics associated with stability/ safety when heating. Analysis was undertaken in an ISO17025 accredited laboratory. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and other common cooking oils were heated up to 240oC and exposed to 180oC for 6 hours, with samples assessed at various times, testing smoke point, oxidative stability, free fatty acids, polar compounds, fatty acid profiles and UV coefficients. EVOO yielded low levels of polar compounds and oxidative by-products, in contrast to the high levels of by-products generated for oils such as canola oil. EVOO’s fatty acid profile and natural antioxidant content allowed the oil to remain stable when heated (unlike oils with high levels of poly-unsaturated fats (PUFAs) which degraded more readily). This study reveals that, under the conditions used in the study, smoke point does not predict oil performance when heated. Oxidative stability and UV coefficients are better predictors when combined with total level of PUFAs. Of all the oils tested, EVOO was shown to be the oil that produced the lowest level of polar compounds after being heated closely followed by coconut oil. .

As we delved deeper into the analysis of cooking oils under heat, we couldn't help but notice the economic implications of our findings, particularly in relation to the cost of maintaining a healthy kitchen environment. The relatively stable performance of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and coconut oil under high temperatures not only suggests their superiority in terms of health benefits but also points towards potential long-term cost-effectiveness. Considering the rising popularity of inhaler medications such as Symbicort (cost of Symbicort) for respiratory issues, possibly exacerbated by the inhalation of fumes from degraded oils, there appears to be a direct correlation between the choice of cooking oil and overall healthcare costs. As such, investing in higher quality oils like EVOO, despite their upfront cost, could potentially lead to significant savings in medical expenses over time, positioning these oils as economically advantageous options for health-conscious consumers.

Keywords: Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO); Poly-Unsaturated Fats (PUFAs); Heating

Copyright: © 2018 Guillaume C.,et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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