Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays! Today, we are looking at extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil comes from the fruit of olive trees. Olive oil has been a popular part of the Mediterranean diet for many years. It is a good source of vitamin E and K. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is the highest quality of olive oil and has been known for its wonderful flavour.
Thanks to growing scientific research we are learning more and more about some of the potential health benefits we can get from using it.
Some of the benefits include:
- Cardiovascular benefits
- Digestive Health benefits
- Bone Health benefits
- Cognitive benefits
- Anti-Cancer benefits
- Prevention of gall stones
- Slows the aging process
- Aids in Weight Loss
- Moisturizer and skin soften
- Add moisture and sheen to hair
- Reduce wrinkles
- Improve skin texture
- Boost immunity
What makes (EVOO) the preferred choice over some of the other olive oil options available on the market?
It all comes down to how they are processed. All olive oils are not created equal. Some manufactures use chemicals and heat to remove impurities. This process helps to prolong the shelf life. However, this process also makes the oil seem lighter and affects the flavour and reduces its nutritional content. Some manufactures even blend with it other oils such as canola.
EVOO are cold pressed (meaning very little heat was used) , unfiltered and that no additives were used. EVOO are rich in flavour and therefore taste better. They are also richer in antioxidants and nutrients allowing you to get the full benefits.
So don’t take it for granted always read the full label to make sure you are buying exactly what you want. Click on this link to learn more about olive oil fraud and what you should know when looking for your next bottle.
Heat, air, and light are the enemies of olive oil. These elements help create free radicals, which eventually lead to excessive oxidation and rancidity in the oil. The key is to store your olive oil somewhere cool, dry, and dark.
How I use it?
I use a tablespoon or two of EVOO in my fresh salads sometimes. I sometimes drizzle a little on pasta and certain rice dishes. I use it on my skin from time to time. I also use it with coconut oil as a hair treatment for my hair. I even use it on my toddler’s skin which is super sensitive and it agrees with his skin.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope this was helpful.