At this point we’re sure you are well fully aware of the outstanding health benefits of Olive Oil, but did you know that Olive Oil has more than just health benefits associated with it? In addition, Olive Oilare a great source of vitamin E and also contains vitamins A and K, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Furthermore, Olive Oil is also an incredible source of amino acids! Thanks to all the vitamins and minerals, Olive Oil is exceptional for eye, skin, bone, and cell health as well as immune function.
Olive Oil Benefits and Fun Facts:
- The olive is made up of 18 to 28 percent oil
- Approximately, an average of 75 percent of that oil is heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA)
- Olive Oil facilitates overall digestion and absorption of nutrients, including pivotal fat-soluble vitamins (one of the reasons fat free salad dressings are really doing your body a disservice)
- Olive Oil is organically cholesterol-, sodium- and carbohydrate-free
- While a handful of individuals believe deep green olive oil indicates a higher quality, color is not always a factor. Traditionally speaking, greener Oils comes from green olives (black olives yield pale oil)
- Regardless of common beliefs, Olive Oil’s smoke point (410 degrees Fahrenheit) is high enough to withstand stir-frying. Traditional Olive Oil, not quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil, is best for frying thanks to its high oleic acid (a MUFA) content
- 98 percent of the world’s Olive Oil production comes from only 17 countries
- In folk medicine, olive oil has been used for everything from reducing muscle aches and hangovers, to use as an aphrodisiac, laxative, and sedative.
- Olive Oil coats, rather than penetrates, so foods fried in Olive Oil, generally are less greasy than foods dried in other oil varieties
- When stored in a nice and cool, dark place, Olive Oil can keep its quality taste for two years or more
Wonderful uses for Olive Oil. Sure you can make your own dressing but there’s so much more you can also take into consideration.
- Cut cholesterol in your favorite recipes by substituting one egg white plus a teaspoon of olive oil for one whole egg
- Extend the life of your cakes by using Olive Oil. Thanks to the vitamin E, Olive Oil extends the freshness of baked goods
- Skip croutons and bacon bits on salad and use olives for a salty topping to cut empty calories and get a fiber boost
- Get away from calorie-laden gravies and tartar sauce and top fish or chicken with a simple Olive Oil tapenade
- Say farewell to butter. Try using Olive Oil on your morning toast, in baked or mashed potatoes, or even try drizzling it on corn on the cob instead of butter