Olive oil is a very common cooking oil in today’s modern society and has been for quite sometime now. There’s a good reason why olive oil is used in many of today’s dishes. It is healthy, adds flavor to dishes, and cooks well under medium heat. Also, many olive oil health benefits can prove useful in obtaining your fitness goals.
How Olive Oil is Made
Olive oil as you’d expect is made from olives that are pressed to extract the oil from it. While it may seem incredibly simple and straightforward, it isn’t always the case. There are some lower quality olive oils out there that have been extracted by chemicals and sometimes are mixed with other cheaper oils to reduce cost. That is why it is important to pay attention to the quality of the olive oil you buy.
There are a few types of olive oil, the first and best quality olive oil you can buy is extra virgin olive oil. It is extracted by natural methods and its purity and health benefits are retained in this process. The other lower quality olive oil is the so called regular, refined, or light olive oil which can be extracted via chemicals and/or other unnatural methods and have other cheaper oils added into it to dilute it. These kinds of oils tend to lose the health benefits that higher quality oils have which is why I recommend extra virgin olive oil if you want to experience all the health benefits that olive oil offers.
While extra virgin olive oil is more expensive, it is worth the additional cost in my opinion.
Olive Oil Health Benefits
There are many health benefits to experience when using olive oil to cook with. Some of them include:
- Prevents Heart Disease – Olive oil lowers LDL which is considered bad cholesterol and may also increase HDL which is considered good cholesterol.
- Lowers Blood Pressure – Recent studies show that olive oil can reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
- Prevents Type 2 Diabetes – A healthy balanced diet with olive oil is shown to lower ‘bad’ low-density lipoproteins while enhancing insulin sensitivity and improving blood sugar control.
- Assist in Obesity Prevention – Even though olive oil is high in calories it has been shown in various studies to reduce levels of obesity.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis Prevention – Although it is not yet known why, a few recent studies have proved that having a diet with a good amount of olive oil can make you less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
- Osteoporosis Aid – A high consumption of olive oil in one’s diet has been shown to assist in aiding people who have osteoporosis and prevent the onset of it for those who do not have it.
As you can see, there are many benefits that olive oil provides. This is why I recommend that you add some extra virgin olive oil into your diet as a cooking oil in some of the dishes you make if you don’t already.
What’s your favorite way to include olive oil into your diet?