By Dr. Erin Elster,
Anyone who has travelled to the Mediterranean can tell you about the wonderful, healthy food in that region. Much of the health benefits and flavor are due to the generous use of olive oil on salads, pasta, vegetables, fish, and almost anything else.
Researchers are learning that people who consume olive oil regularly – especially in place of unhealthy fats such as animal fats, hydrogenated oils, and vegetable oils like corn oil – have much lower rates of heart disease, athersclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and asthma.
Olive oil is made from the crushing and then the subsequent pressing of olives. It is a natural juice that preserves the taste, aroma, and nutrients of the olive fruit. Extra virgin olive oil – derived from the first pressing of the olives – has the most delicate flavor and the most health benefits.
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