Extra virgin olive oil is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet. This is not something you don’t already know. Not only does it blend perfectly with so many products—olive oil also comprises a long list of good properties for your health. My advice? Take advantage of all its benefits—you’ll enjoy great flavor while taking care of yourself.
Among the foods I regularly consume, I rarely leave out extra virgin olive oil. From breakfast to supper, it’s a natural product with multiple benefits. Always, since I was a kid, there was talk of all the healthy qualities of olive oil. Today you can check out many studies that support those ideas.
Get up and having an open-air breakfast with a slice of rye or oat bread covered in natural tomato and a bit of extra virgin olive oil to top it off. Make a salad with a plentiful variety of organic products for lunch or supper, dressing it with our liquid gold. Those quiet moments of relaxation in which you can indulge in time and flavor can also help you out with your nutrition. Think about it: pleasure and health all wrapped together in the same bundle. That too is life for you. Take my word.
WHY IS OLIVE OIL SO HEALTHY?
All of us have asked this question some time or another. I looked for an answer by checking a number of scientific studies. I even found out about the benefits approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and authorized by the European Commission. Extra virgin olive oil has a high content of monounsaturated fats, mainly oleic acid, it contains polyphenols and is rich in vitamin E. Let’s break this down:
-Oleic acid is the fatty acid that is most present in olive oil, accounting for 75% on average. It helps you maintain normal cholesterol levels when it replaces saturated fats in your diet.
-The polyphenols in olive oil act as antioxidants. Olive oil polyphenols contribute to protecting blood lipids (LDL cholesterol) from oxidation.
-Vitamin E is another important antioxidant.
You can think about these benefits while using your olive oil to enhance the flavor of the roast or grilled meat or fish you’ll be sharing with your friends on the weekend. Bear this in mind. You understand the importance of having the highest quality liquid gold at hand. You’re aware that incorporating extra virgin olive oil to your meals, while keeping a varied diet and a healthy lifestyle, will make you feel better.
My advice is to look up recipes and open the doors of your diet. It’s not only a matter of health but of tasting new flavors. Share all this with friends, family, your partner… or even on your own—no matter. Don’t let these delicacies get away. Have you thought of how to tap the full potential of olive oil? It’s a win-win situation.