For the Love (and Health) of Olive Oil

Published by Annie Barrett: 
April 22, 2024

Once you've tasted good olive oil, it's hard to consume any other oil.

Good quality, extra virgen olive oil transforms a piece of bread, a simple salad of greens, or grilled vegetables into something sublime.

Not all oil is created equal. There are three grades of olive oil: refined, virgen, and extra virgen. Of the three, extra virgen olive oil, or EVOO, is the tastiest and the healthiest. EVOO is the highest quality and the most flavorful olive oil you can buy. It is the fresh juice of the olive. EVOO not only tastes amazing; it is chock-full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help your body in a variety of ways.

Extra virgen olive oil (EVOO)...

  • Is rich in antioxidants. EVOO contains over 20 types of EVOO contains more than 20 types of polyphenols, plant-based chemical compounds that help protect the heart and reduce inflammation on the body.
  • Contains healthy fats. What? Healthy fats? Yes. Extra virgin olive oil contains mainly monounsaturated fat that has lower levels of LDL or "bad cholesterol" and can protect against harmful inflammation and may even reduce blood pressure.
  • Is good for cardiovascular health. EVOO can protect against atherosclerosis, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
  • May help you live longer. A 2022 study found that over a 28-year period, high olive oil consumption was associated with an 8% to 34% lower risk of death related to disease.

There are so many ways to enjoy olive oil. Here is Spain, most people will tell you that they rarely consume butter or other fats. They use olive oil for nearly all of their cooking and condiments.You can use EVOO...

  • In place of other fats and oils, and in place of butter, sour cream or mayo.
  • Drizzled on salads.
  • For sauteing vegetables, seafood, or meats.
  • Drizzled on raw or cooked vegetables, or pasta.
  • In many baked goods.
  • On your skin as a moisturizer.