Olive Oil and how we can use it for our health.
Olive oil and wine have something in common. We should decide which olive oil to purchase much the same way we purchase wine, by determining the thickness, richness and color of the product.
Olive oil comes in three selections…
• Extra virgin oil which is considered the best and least processed olive oil. The olives are first pressed, releasing this exquisite oil. Extra virgin oil has a peppery taste and coats your mouth like melted butter.
• Virgin oil which is pressed twice. This particular oil is perfect for all purpose cooking.
• Pure oil which has been pressed as well as processed. It has also been filtered and refined. Extra light olive oil has been processed quite a bit and will retain a very mild olive flavor. Olive oil that is organic tends to be light with less flavor and less structure.
There are many uses for olive oil as well as eliminating or reducing many diseases.
Olive oil aids in digestion, therefore sustaining your metabolism. It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and iron. The body’s strong level of vitamin E is maintained by the use of olive oil, thereby delaying the aging process.
Olive oil has no cholesterol. It helps keep “things moving along” in the digestive tract. It also helps the stomach fight ulcers.
Olive oil can be substituted for salad dressing and to fry your favorite fried dishes. When sautéing your vegetables, use olive oil to coat your pan.
Olive oil is also good for your baby’s bottle, so add a few drops. Also, drop a few teaspoons in the bath water or on your lufah.
Many health complications associated with diet can be minimized with the use of olive oil. The Greeks diet, rich in salt and fats, were able to live longer than the Japanese. They also had less heart disease, stomach cancer, strokes and other forms of cancer. All of this because of their use of olive oil. As a pain killer, researchers have found that 50g of extra virgin olive oil was the same as to a 1/10th of a dose of Ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory medicine.
Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat. Other oils are polyunsaturated fats as well as pure fat. Olive oil’s properties lower the risk of getting colon cancer much the same way as fish oil does. Cholesterol levels are lowered and even weight loss is achieved with the use of olive oil. Excess fats from both the lower and upper body is lost with the use of olive oil as opposed to losing weight primarily in the lower body.
There is one note worth mentioning. Not all olive oils have a high phenolic content. So the health benefits may not be realized. The reason for this is that the ‘extra virgin olive oil’ may be diluted with other oils so the phenolic content is diminished. No substitutes should be accepted when it comes to purchasing olive oil. The taste and the flavor are more than enough reasons to add extra virgin olive oil in your daily diet.
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