Pairing Food and Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oils are not all the same. Like wines, extra virgin olive oils can vary dramatically in taste, depending upon the type and quality of the fruit that is pressed, the time of harvest, the weather during the growing season, and the region from which the olives were produced.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the best choice when it comes to adding flavor to just about any type of food. But did you know that leading health experts and top medical journals tell us that Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or EVOO) can also help to improve your health?* Here’s a list of what they say about having Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your daily diet.
*Based on information provided by the Olive Oil Times
Olive oil contains more Monounsaturated ("good") fats per serving than any other cooking oil, which helps to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
Has No Trans Fat
EVOO contains none of the harmful trans fats found in many processed foods. Trans fats raise LDL cholesterol levels and don’t provide a boost to good HDL cholesterol.
Healthier Than Butter
A tablespoon of olive oil contains just 1.8 grams of saturated fat compared to 7.2 grams in a tablespoon of butter.
EVOO contains the highest levels of antioxidants which help increase good HDL cholesterol in the blood.
Reduces Breast Cancer
Consumption of olive oil, the richest dietary source of oleic acid, helps suppress the action of a cancer-promoting gene found in about a third of breast cancer patients.
Helps Intestinal Health
A tablespoon of olive oil consumed on an empty stomach acts as a soothing, nutritious laxative. It can help relieve upset stomachs and heartburn as well.
For people with diabetes, regular consumption of olive oil can reduce the chances of developing insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and strokes.
Enhances Hair, Skin, and Nails
Messaging a few tablespoons of EVOO into your hair, skin and nails will soften and moisturize them and give them a healthy glow.
Reduces Risk of Alzheimer's
A four-year study of over 2,000 men and women found that those whose eating habits most closely followed the Mediterranean pattern – high in fruits, vegetables, beans, and unsaturated fats from olive oil and fish – were least likely to develop the disease.
EVOO contains a compound that mimics the pain-relieving action of ibuprofen and may help decrease the risk of stroke, heart disease, certain forms of cancer, and some dementias.