One major source of the myths concerning hydrogenation and oxidation of olive oil to undesirable compounds when olive oil is heated is the marketing arm of the macadamia nut oil industry. The claim in many web based and published articles is that its smoke point is higher than that of olive and other unsaturated oils and that macadamia nut oil is not subject to trans or (other) conversions.
A proper scientific reference/citation by either group would put the matter to rest.
We contacted several of the macadamia websites asking for references for the claim that olive oil is subject to trans conversions. They were not able to substantiate the claims. The internet is a wonderful resource but not as policed as a peer reviewed scientific journal.
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