Face it - most cooking oils are loaded with fat and stuff that, if you knew what it meant beneath all the fancy words, would probably turn you off the substance for good. If you're looking for a good oil to dip breads and sauce pasta, look no further than extra-virgin olive oil. Extra-virgin basically means that the olives have made their rounds through the press once. This means the olive maintains the fruit's distinct taste, unlike oils that have gone through the press at least twice. And the less processed the oil, the more the olive's natural antioxidants benefit you.
The ?Mediterranean? diet has long been known to be a one of the healthiest, and that includes of course the healthy properties of olive oil. In particular, olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat. This fat is believed to have benefits for the heart and circulation. The presence of olive oil in the Mediterranean diet is generally believed to help explain why those in the Mediterranean region enjoy relatively low rates of cardiovascular disease.