The olive oil calories are contributed in the form of different fatty acids.
The fatty acids that make up olive oil are: Oleic acid, palmitic, linoleic and stearic.
Most olive oil (≈ 98%) contains triacylglycerols (combinations of three chains of the same or different fatty acids).
In the case of olive oil, triacylglycerols are made up of at least one oleic acid molecule. The most abundant triglyceride is triolein (OOO), which is formed by 3 chains of oleic acid.
The percentage of fatty acids in olive oil varies depending on the olive variety used to obtain it. For example, Picual, Cornicabra, Manzanilla Cacereña or Verdial are olives high in oleic acid (more than 70%). Instead, Arbequina and Blanqueta produce low oleic oils.
Oleic acid stands out for its heart-healthy properties and high resistance to oxidation.
Although the price of olive oil varies, thanks to its calories, 8,800 Kcal/Kg, olive oil is a cheap food. This is, energetically speaking, on the other hand, the EVOO gives us properties more beneficial than energy.
If we transform the calories of 1 kg of olive oil into liters, we have that olive oil has 8,100 calories/ L.
How many calories does a tablespoon of olive oil have?
The olive oil calories per tablespoon or teaspoon depend on their size. Most frequent measures example:
Calories in 1 tbsp olive oil: A tablespoon may contain 15 ml, equivalent to approximately 120 calories.
2 teaspoon , contain 10 ml of olive oil and has 80 Kcal.
A teaspoon (tsp) can hold about 5 ml of oil, corresponding to approximately 40 calories.
Calories difference between Olive Oil & Sunflower Oil
The calories of sunflower oil, palm oil, coconut… are practically equal to the olive oil calories, between 8,800 and 9,000 calories per kg.
Therefore, there are no important differences in calories per kg. However, it is shown that olive oil is more beneficial and raw olive oil is able to quench your appetite and can help reduce your intake of calories.
There are also no differences in energy value between the different types of olive oils. Although, it is convenient to know the differences between extra virgin olive oil and other olive oils.
How many calories does raw and fried olive oil have?
Surely you’ve heard that fried olive oil makes you fatter.
However, the calories in the oil are the same regardless of whether raw or fried is consumed, approximately 8 calories for ml.
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