The Health Benefits of Olive Oil

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Olive Oil is something I use almost every day in my kitchen- I know the current fad at the moment is coconut oil  (which don’t get me wrong, I also love!) but sometimes you can kinda get sick of the smell of coconut on your food! Today I’m going to talk about olive oil: why it’s so good for you and some hints on tips on which type to buy.

Why Is Olive Oil Good For You?

Olive oil is full of monounsaturated fatty acids, which as I’m sure you know are heart health- it contains mainly oleic acid as well as and the omegas. Therefore, even a simple switch from vegetable oil to olive oil can make a huge difference to your everyday health. One study found that this had a proven effect on reducing blood lipids and cholesterol. If it’s from a good quality source (and preferably cold pressed) it can even be proven to be anti-inflammatory- again that’s the oleic acid!

What type of Olive Oil Should I buy?

There’s lots of different kinds of Olive Oil on the market. Like anything, I would always encourage you to invest in as high-quality ingredients as you can afford- but even a switch to the cheapest supermarket olive oil can be beneficial. Here’s a guide to how the 3 types work.

Jamie

Thanks to Jamie’s Italian for sharing the Infographic. As you can see, there’s different types depending on what you require but for health benefits , the best choice is extra-virgin. It is much less processed and exposed to the least amount of light, air and heat- which can be detrimental to it. Look out for a strong taste or flavour- if you can’t taste it then it’s likely to have been overly processed.

Happy Olive Oil shopping!

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  1. January 10, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Wow, who knew that tasting olive oil is a little like wine tasting! A really informative post. Glad to know that dipping my bread in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and chilli flakes can continue 🙂

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