Benefits Of Olive Oil
If you have a genetic history of heart disease within your family, than olive oil will need to be an important staple in your kitchen. Olive oil has a high percentage of mono-unsaturated fat, has a great flavor and is used in many Mediterranean dishes.
There are two kinds of olive oil to keep on hand. Extra virgin olive oil and pure olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is used in salad dressings and other areas where cooking is not involved since cooking burns the olive particles and gives the food an off color taste. Extra virgin olive oil is the most expensive oil, but also the most useful for flavor and gourmet preparation.
For cooking, use pure olive oil or light olive oil. Light olive oil is lighter in color and flavor though retaining the same number of calories as other monounsaturated fats.
If you feel like having something unique to eat, try creating an olive oil balsamic dipping sauce.
Balsamic olive oil dipping sauce
• 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
• 1 garlic clove minced in tiny pieces
• ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• 1 (16 ounce) un-cut french bread loaf
In a shallow bowl, stir together grated Parmesan cheese, the minced garlic clove, the Italian seasoning, the salt and the ground pepper. Sprinkle the olive oil and the vinegar evenly over the cheese mixture and stir. Place the loaf of bread on the lower oven rack and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until the bread is warm. Cut the bread into 1 inch slices and dip into the sauce. Voila! A heart healthy snack to be enjoyed at any time.
Olive oil is a heart friendly oil that has become most popular world wide. Merely eating at least two teaspoons a day will keep your arteries supple thereby reducing the risk of being diagnosed with atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis. It is even now claimed that the use of olive oil may reduce the symptoms of arthritis as well as contributing to better gall bladder function and the ability to reduce breast and colon cancer.
Due to the increasing number of stresses in our lives, our bodies are in a constant state of inflammation. This inflammatory process contributes to a host of diseases, some life threatening. With the use of olive oil on a daily basis, this process is greatly reduced so that the body can do what it does best, provide a healthy environment conducive to healthy living. With elevated cholesterol on the rise, especially the LDL and triglycerides (which promote high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems), consuming olive oil on a daily basis will help maintain good blood lipid readings. Prescription medications come with their unique side effects and if the final blood panel results can be kept within normal readings, than use an organic means to do so. It is so much better for your health. Olive oil is very beneficial for your health.
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