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.
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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