The Mediterranean diet is popular among medical researchers.
Olive Oil is good for your heart. Olive Oil is also very healthy.
An extensive study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine this year. The Spanish researchers were concerned with men and women between the ages of 50 and 60 who were at high risk for developing heart disease.
One group ate a low-fat diet, while another group ate a Mediterranean diet with nuts. Another group ate almost four tablespoons daily of extra virgin olive oils.
Then, they could compare the three diets and see which one was right.
Researchers found that a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil and other healthy fats reduced the chance of heart attack and stroke by 30%.
Extra-virgin olive oils have many advantages. The main benefits of extra-virgin oil are that it is mainly unsaturated fat, and that extra-virgin oil contains beneficial plant compounds called polyphenols.
Low-grade oils are often not as healthy as extra virgin.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that 69% of imports did not meet the quality standards.
Sometimes, the oil is too old. Many of the oil's heart-healthy components are degraded or have dissolved.
Extra-virgin Olive Oils are freshly squeezed juices. They're also fruit juices, so freshness is essential.
Mueller claims the U.S. Food and Drug Administration used olive oils imports to enforce safety and quality standards.
What does mean for people who want to eat healthy foods?
Oil is fresh because it was quickly pressed from olives. It doesn't get better. It is always more delicious than the day it was made.
Olive oil can be kept fresh as long as it is properly stored.
Oil will slowly start to degrade once it is exposed to oxygen or light.
A variety of factors can affect the oil's quality, including the type of oil used and the storage conditions.
Oil generally lasts for four to six months once it is opened.
Oils containing the most heart-healthy ingredients tend to be pungent and peppery. If it contains beneficial phytophenols, the oil should sting slightly.
After you have had it, you will not be able stop feeling the bitterness and pungency.
A healthy one.