No, not the cartoon character from Popeye--am I showing my age? I mean olive oil the food. Olive oil is a wonder food, not just a super food. It has many health benefits, including:
- a wide range of anti-oxidants
-loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats
-tons of Vitamin E (2 grams per tablespoon)
-is an anti-bacterial
-improves blood cholesterol profile helping to protect against heart disease
-can help prevent stomach ulcers
Olive oil derives its calories from fat, but fat isn’t your enemy. When good fat is consumed, it is excellent for your body. Olive oil is a form of good fat. When buying olive oil, look for the first pressing of it, this will be extra virgin olive oil. It is a little more expensive, but well worth it. Cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil is best. The cold pressed variety preserves many of the plant compounds that contain vital nutrients lost in other manufacturing processes.
Light destroys olive oil. Buy oil in a dark bottle and keep it in a cool, dark place, like a cabinet. It is best used when poured or brushed on food. Cooking can destroy all of the nutrients in the oil. For best results from olive oil, brush it on your food after cooking or drizzle it over your food. As it contains a lot of fat and calories, a little goes a long way. A tablespoon is a good suggested serving size a few times a day.
Here is one more easy way to optimize your meal plan. Keep reading for more new food choices each month, and add them to your meals. Your body will thank you for it.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 February 2012 00:15 )