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TRUE FACTS OF OLIVE OIL

Posted Sep 13 2008 11:46pm






Olive oil is a fruit oil obtained from the olive (Olea europaea; family Oleaceae along with lilacs, jasmine and ash trees), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. It is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps. Olive oil is much healthier than other sources of alimentary fat because of its high content of monounsaturated fat (mainly oleic acid) and polyphenols.
Types of Olive Oil
Extra virgin oil
Fine virgin olive oil
Refined olive oil
Pure olive oil
Pomance olive oil : This is the main cooking grade oil. It is also used for manufacturing cosmetics. With neutral taste and flavour, it neither presents any difficulties while frying, nor changes the flavour of spices.
Health benefits
Protect against cancer
Relieves arthritic pain
Helps in digestion
Fight against osteoprosis
Breaking of fat in fat cells
Lowers blood pressure
Better blood sugar control
Reduces severity of asthema
Storing tips for olive oil
Always store olive oil in tin or dark containers so that it's not exposed to light. Store at room temperature . Research confirm that light destroys many of the antioxidants in olive oil. Buy olive oil in opaque, airtight glass bottles or tins and pick from back of the shelf. Buy only as much as you will consume in 3-4 months.
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