Whats the big deal about olive oil anyway?
Homer called it “liquid gold.” It has a long history from medicinal to culinary and was even used as currency in ancient Roman times. Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fats like oleic acid and polyphenols, which studies show reduce the risk of developing heart disease. The high content of antioxidants in olive oil also reduces bad cholesterol levels (LDL) while raising good cholesterol levels (HDL). Olive oil has no trans fatty acids and tastes wonderful.
Other health benefits of olive oil include:
- Regulating blood pressure
- Shown to inhibit the growth of some cancers
- Helps regulate blood sugar
- Lessens the severity of asthma and arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties
- Lowers triglyceride levels
- Promotes the normal function of the digestive system and aids bile, liver and intestinal functions
- Natural treatment of constipation
- Helps maintain a healthy metabolism
- Promotes healthy cellular processes cell regeneration and energy production by neutralizing free radicals
- High in vitamins A, E and K
Not only is olive oil known for its beneficial health effects – it has also been a beauty secret of the Mediterranean people for centuries. It can be used as a natural, hypoallergenic way to moisturize skin and hair, is a natural lubricant for a close shave, works wonders as a cuticle softener, is an inexpensive lip balm, eases diaper rash and even works great as a furniture polish!
Up next – we’ll talk about the different varieties of olive oil and how to buy, store and cook with olive oil.
Here’s to your health!