Olive oil has long been touted for it’s health benefits and is a staple in the Italian/Mediterranean diets, but not all olive oils are alike. Be sure to read your labels!
Extra virgin olive oil is the first cold press of the olives. This is the kind you want for serving on pasta, drizzled on soups, or for dressing salads where you’re really going to taste the full flavor of the oil.
Virgin olive oil doesn’t have the full flavor of extra virgin olive oil, but it’s still from the first cold press. It’s suitable for any cooking purposes.
The U.S. doesn’t have strict rules for the labeling of olive oil (no surprise!). Look for labels that say ‘cold pressed’ AND also list the origin of the oil–a family company or farm.
Olive oils are graded based on the extraction process and the acidity of the pressed oil. Extra virgin olive oil is cold-pressed, meaning it comes from the first press of the olives, and has an acid level of 1% or less. Virgin olive oil has an acid level of 1-3.3%.
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Fun facts about olive oil…
Cooking with olive oil will promote a healthy diet, aid in digestion, and help lower your LDL cholesterol.
Olive oil contains wonderful nutrients, fiber, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It provides vitamins such as A, C, E, K and the minerals calcium, iron, and potassium.
Among the natural antioxidants found in olive oil, there are polyphenols, which are well known for their anti-aging properties.
While most people associate extra virgin olive oil with culinary uses, it has been widely used throughout the ages as a beauty product. For centuries, Mediterranean women have turned to olive oil to condition their hair and moisturize their face and bodies.
By caring for skin with olive oil you will enjoy beautiful skin for a lifetime.
Try these uses for olive oil —
- use as a moisturizer for face and body; it softens skin on feet, elbows, and knees.
- use it to minimize stretch marks during pregnancy by using it twice daily.
- use it to soothe skin that’s been sun burned.
- use 1/2 cup olive oil and several drops of scented essential oil to your bath water.
- use to make a quick sugar scrub for dry hands by combining 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil until sugar is dissolved. Rub on hands for a minute or two and rinse with warm water.
- use to alleviate chapped lips.
- use to remove eye makeup.