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Choose Olive Oil like Wine to Reap Health Benefits

Posted Oct 16 2008 7:58pm

The numerous health benefits of olive oil have made it a household staple. However, to reap the most from this heart-healthy monounsaturated fat you need to choose your olive oil like a wine connoisseur would select a fine wine, reports the Mayo Clinic, which recently published several tips to help consumers choose wisely.

First, they recommend choosing extra-virgin or virgin olive oil, which come from the first pressing of olives. These unrefined oils are the more flavorful varieties, containing higher amounts of polyphenol antioxidants, which combat inflammation and free radicals.

Additionally, make sure your olive oil is fresh because the fresher it is, the more antioxidant power it contains. Check the packaging date when you buy it. It should keep up to two years, but make sure to store it in a cool, dark place.

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