Health

Olive Oil belongs to the category of “Fats and Oils”

 

Fats and Oils are divided into two categories:

  • Saturated Fatty Acids (all animal fats)
  • Unsaturated Fatty Acids (from Plants)

The Unsaturated Fatty Acids are divided into two categories:

  • Poly-unsaturated Fatty Acids which are essential to our body and
  • Mono-unsaturated Fatty Acids which are oil acids constituent of the Olive Oil.

The Vitamins found in Olive Oil are Vitamin E and Provitamin A.

Health Benefits

Olive Oil and Disease Prevention

 

Digestion

Reduces Ulcer Creation, since its properties protect the mucosa of the Digestive canal. It manages the production of hydrochloric acid. It also helps constipation.

Cardiovascular diseases and Arteriosclerosis

Diets high in saturated fatty Acids can lead to cardiovascular diseases and Arteriosclerosis.
Diets high in Mono-unsaturated Acids (Olive Oil) can prevent them. Mediterranean Countries have less incidences of cardiovascular problems in comparison to Northern European where is known that animal fat consumption is greater. Great effort is given into directing these countries to using Olive Oil and recognizing it as essential for a healthier diet.

Liver

Unlike certain drugs Olive Oil is tolerable to the body. It plays an important role in the treatment of Bile diseases. Recent studies show that appears to act inhibitively  in the formation of gallstone.

Gerontology

Known to do good  for elderly as it has Vitamin E which is a natural anti-oxidant. It delays changes in cell membranes which lead to aging.

Pediatrics

Olive Oil can be absorbed by our body much easier than other types of Oils. This happens because its composition matches most of our fatty elements of the body. Helps significantly in balancing of the metabolism and bone growth therefore consumption of Olive Oil should begin at a very early age.

How to cook with Olive Oil

Use it for frying. Its rich taste enhances your foods.

Olive Oil is resistant due to its composition. It can  reach  high temperature up to 210ºC without being decomposed. Other vegetables Oils and butter can not reach this temperature which separates them from Olive Oil  and makes it better for frying.

Straight from the bottle to your salad. It will bring out the taste. Add it to soups for additional flavor, Dip your bread in it for a quick and nutritious light snack. Combine it in all your recipes which include Oil . For your baked goods, breads, cookies and pastries for your breakfast omelettes and fried eggs, spreads, hash browns.

Remember that You should store it in a cool place far from direct light. Contrary to other Oils it  doesn’t become rancid but only after a long  period.

Table of Decomposition
Olive Oil 210º
Butter 110º
Soya 170º
Pork Fat 180º
Margarine 150º