Health Benefits of Olive Oil

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After being told that feeding my daughter Olive Oil was not healthy, I spent a little time on the Internet checking out my babies momma claims. I was making pasta sauce from scratch and upon seeing me pour olive oil into the pan to heat up the garlic, she told me she wasn’t going to feed our daughter that sauce and she proceded to open up a jar of pre-made pasta sauce from the store. She also opted to cook a different type of pasta because apparently spinach fettuccine wasn’t healthy enough either. I will say that the garlic bread I was making was ridiculously unhealthy, so if she wanted me to start giving Syd healthier stuff, it was a good time to not cook garlic bread.

All this no olive oil nonsense was hard for me to swallow because I grew up on Olive Oil. My mom put olive oil and garlic on everything but our our pancakes! How could it be that olive oil is not good for you?

Well, it turns out she was very wrong. Here is what some of my research uncovered;

The main type of fat found in all kinds of olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). MUFAs are actually considered a healthy dietary fat. The MUFA’s in Olive Oil help lower your risk of heart disease. MUFAs may lower your total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels.

Also, A study by Dr. Andrew Hart of the University of East Anglia’s School of Medicine, published in Bloomberg Business Week, suggests that consumption of olive oil may also prevent a form of bowel disease called ulcerative colitis.

Olive Oil

Storage – Keep in in the fridge or in a dark cabinet because Olive Oil is effected by the sun and could possibly loose some of it’s health benefits if it is overexposed.

Cold Pressed and Raw – Make sure the olive oil you buy is cold pressed and raw Extra Virgin Olive Oil. If you buy olive oil that doesn’t say cold pressed and raw it may have been extracted using heat methods which could make it less healthy.

Don’t Just Add Olive Oil – Don’t just add olive oil to a dish in hopes of making it healthier. If you are making eggs in the morning and usually pan fry them in butter, adding olive oil does not make them healthier. What makes them healthier is using olive oil in the pan (no butter) and while you are at it, only cook the egg whites too.

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