Olive oil is used in many cooking recipes, but most of us rarely know the benefits of using it. We may simply use olive oil because the recipe calls for it, but did you know the benefits of using it? Besides cooking and eating it, olive oil can be beneficial for your health, hair and skin. What exactly is olive oil and where did it originate from? Olive oil is a fat that is obtained from the olive tree (Olea europaea) and is said to have originated from Greece. Whole olives are picked and taken into production then pressed to produce olive oil. What are the benefits of olive oil? It has antioxidants, is a good source of vitamin E, carotenoids, polyphenolic compounds and oleic acid.
So what are the other benefits of olive oil? Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), which can promote a healthy heart by lowering the bad cholesterol in your system. Research has shown that by using olive oil in place of butter or oil can help people lose weight without putting a restraint on your diet. It has tons of benefits such as lowering the levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, preventing strokes, improving the immune system. You can use Olive oil to improve the look and feel of your hair and skin. It can diminish the appearance of stretch marks to ridding your body of dry skin.
A study published in Pharmacological Research has found that people who regularly consume olive oil are much less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, and hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels). It can reduce the risk of getting breast cancer and protect the liver. Researcher Covas found that regular olive oil intake helps reduce inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, thrombosis and carbohydratemetabolism. There are tons of benefits your body can gain from using olive oil.
Did you know that olive oil can be purchased in 4 different varieties? The highest form of this oil that you can purchase is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which means that it comes from the first pressing of the olive. This makes it the most pure and less acidic. EVOO has a natural fruity olive flavor and is best used to accent a dish or used in a salad dressing and vinaigrette. Virgin Olive Oil has up at 2 percent of acidity and can be easily substituted in place of butter, vegetable or corn oil. Light olive oil isn’t lower in fat but is made from refined oil and is perfect for cooking or baking.
If you’re not already using olive oil, you can easily add it to your current diet and reap all of it’s benefits. Here are 5 ways to use olive oil:
1. Replace your regular cooking oil and/or butter with Olive oil.
2. By adding olive oil into any meat you grill, fry or bake will make it moist and soft.
3. Tired of the same old salad dressing? Try a lemon mustard vinaigrette. It’s a perfect dressing to spruce up any salad!
4. Want to get rid of those stretch marks? Massage the oil generously to the area.
5. Dry, flaky scalp hair? Put some olive oil onto your fingertips and massage the scalp in a circular motion.
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