07 Jun

A Primer on Olive Oil and Why it Should Be a Part of Your Diet

By Shiv Ambardar,

olive oil bottleOlive oil should be the only oil that should be used in cooking if you are really health conscious. Most people don’t know that Olive oil is extracted from olive juice. Olive oil is cold pressed olive juice from which the oil has been separated out.
If it is done at room temperature without any process heat added, it’s called extra virgin olive oil and its the best choice available. Olive oil in which heat has been added is called virgin oil and although is still healthy is less desirable ion comparison.
That’s why it’s so healthy and is used in the finest cuisines all over the world. There are three types of olive oil i.e. Extra vierge (extra virgin), the purest oil with an excellent taste and a low acidic level; Vierge (virgin), oil with a very good taste and a higher acidic level; and lastly, Normal olive oil: this consists of a mix of refined olive oil and an oil between extra vierge and vierge olive oil.

You can compare olive oil with wine; just like wine, its quality and taste is influenced by geographical factors such as land or region. You also have good and bad olive years, depending on the weather during a certain season. The quality depends of the good care of growers and producers. There are oils with a strong and with a mild taste, some are spicy and others have a grass taste or taste a bit like nuts. No olive oil is the same. There is yellow and green olive oil. The color of the oil says something about the time of season the olives are harvested and not about the quality. In the Mediterranean countries of Europe people eat a lot of olive oil. It is common to eat bread or toast just dipped in olive oil. Because of the daily use of olive oil the people that live in these countries suffer less from heart diseases than people of other countries in Europe. The use of olive oil has a positive effect on the cholesterol level in our blood. Olives grow in a warm environment and the fruit has to protect itself from heat and bright sunshine. Olive oil contains a lot of phenol-like substances. These substances could possibly play a role in the prevention and cure of thrombosis and arteriosclerosis. It is often said that olive oil causes problems with the stomach or intestines. This is simply not the case. Olive oil is very easy to digest and every meal should be have fruit or vegetables cooked in olive oil; we eat way too much meat and not enough fruits and vegetables. It sounds like an often repeated cliché, but the only way to ensure good health is a diet rich in olive oil and fruits/vegetables.

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