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Extra Virgin Olive Oil-Why You Should Use It in Your Diet

  • Article Author: Salvatore Cesareo

Extra Virgin Olive Oil-Why You Should Use It in Your Diet

Extra Virgin Olive Oil-Why You Should Use It in Your Diet

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Olive oil, natural healthy oil from the fruit olives, has been a staple in the famous Mediterranean diet. People who follow this heart-loving diet understand that it is one of the main ingredients and components of the famous diet recipes. This natural olive oil preserves and contains the vitamins of the olive fruit. In addition, it gives a superior taste and extra flavor to your favorite grilled vegetable recipes.


Producers extract the oil from the fruit through crushing and pressing methods. It does come with varieties, which depends on the method of processing. Among the varieties, experts consider the extra virgin olive oil the least processed and therefore the best variety of olive oil. An excellent quality extra virgin olive oil has several qualities identified before manufacturers can label it as such; extracted from the first pressing, no chemical and heat used, and an acidity of less than 1%. If you shop for a bottle of olive oil for your recipes, make sure to check the label, if it says extra virgin olive oil, it means it go through the least processing and has properties close to a raw olive fruit.


If you want to start a healthy diet, you should start incorporating this superior quality oil to your recipes and everyday food. It contains a high level of monounsaturated fatty acids or healthy fats as what experts dubbed the olive oil.  When taken regularly through your diet, it can prevent heart disease, holding the bad cholesterol levels down, while increasing the good cholesterol inside your body. Those who have ulcers and stomach problems like gastritis can benefit greatly from the daily consumption of olive oil. It does work wonders on the activation of pancreatic hormones and secretion of bile, much more than what over-the-counter drugs can do. It also prevents the formation of gallstones.


A recent study done by Spanish researchers showed the healing power of olive oil when it comes to colon cancer. It lowers the risk of colon cancer when people add extra virgin olive oil when cooking their diet recipes. Another reason for you to start taking extra virgin olive oil, it does contain higher amounts of antioxidants, like vitamin E and phenols, which make it a good skin moisturizer and helps protect our immune system from the environmental free radicals.


Keep a bottle of olive oil fresh inside a cool place preferable your cabinet or pantry; do not store directly in heat prone areas, which can affect the quality of the oil. Keep a bottle tightly sealed, and avoid exposure to air and light, which can make it rancid and unusable for recipes. Extra virgin olive oil has higher price compared to other oil varieties. It is great for making the best dipping sauce, salad dressings, marinades and delicious sauces. A small amount of drizzled olive oil on your meat and vegetable dishes can make it more tasty and flavorful.



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