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Enjoy Fried and Sautéed Foods Without Guilt: Health Benefits From Olive Oil

health benefits from olive oilOlive oil is the touted keystone of the healthy Mediterranean diet. It is the “secret” of those living in the Mediterranean where olive trees grow in abundance and which account for their longer longevity. Olive oil can provide human bodies with just the right type of fats, a rocket fuel as an energy source and a valuable source of lipids necessary to support processes and the cellular structure. It also contains antioxidants that promote healthy cellular processes and reduce the risks for coronary diseases.

There is a long list of studies vouching its numerous health benefits. A diet that includes oil can help avert heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s among others. It can also help improve your condition if you will faithfully stick to olive oil (and a healthy diet and exercise) rather than butter or other types of unhealthy oil. It comes handy when sautéing and frying foods, two cooking processed that can make food all more glorious-tasting.

The Healthy Oil for Frying

If frying or sautéing can’t be avoided, you must use olive oil. Olive oil is the healthiest choice when it comes to frying food, study finds. Learn about it in this article by Julie Wilson posted in Natural News.  This study reinforces olive oil’s stature as a healthy oil.

A new study published October 22 reinforces once again that olive oil is one of the best oils for cooking compared to other seed oils. Researchers based their conclusion on a few different factors, including nutritional content and the oil’s ability to maintain quality under high temperatures.

Published in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists note that various oils have different physical, chemical and nutritional properties that can be degraded under high heat and repeated use.

Many cooking oils can become impaired while heating in the pan or frying, and the food that you’re cooking can actually also lose its nutritional content, making your choice of oil critical for producing a healthy dish.

EVOO vs. Seed oils

Aside from the phenolic antioxidants, the principal why extra virgin olive oil is healthy and beneficial, it is also stable even at high temperature. Unlike seed oils that are unstable at high heat, EVOO remains stable at deep-frying temperature of 320 to 374 degrees Fahrenheit. This means it can keep its healthy properties and the sought gourmet taste.

The Best Type of Olive Oil

The “extra virgin” or “virgin” olive oil is considered the best type having gone through a process that makes use of fewer extraction chemicals. The use of chemicals in the extraction process can substantially lower the quality of the end product. True EVOO is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Long before this generation has recognized the value of olive oil as “mystical elixir,” it has been already used by our forefathers for generations.

Mystical Elixir from God Herself

According to legend, the olive tree was a gift from Athena, the wise warrior-deity who also recognized the power of peace. Gray-eyed Athena competed with Poseidon for the affections of the Greeks, and had offered the versatile olive in response to the sea god’s gift of a saltwater well. The olive proved the better gift, offering refuge from the harsh sun, crowning the heads of champions, anointing warriors and athletes with its splendid golden tone.

To the Greeks, this was no mere tale to tell small children.

Athletes used it before competing to be protected from scuffs and other elements. Hippocrates vouched its healing properties; he even referred to it as a treatment for “the diseases of women”. Greeks revere olive trees and was used by their priests to sanctify the dead.

More Compelling Reasons to Consume EVOO

Modern studies validated the presence of the phytonutrient oleocanthal, a plant substance that mimics the effect of ibuprofen, and NSAID. This is why olive oil can heal inflammation and can lower the risk of developing breast cancer as well as its recurrence.

Olive oil also contains lignans and squalene that are known to be effective in battling cancer. It can lower cholesterol and can thus reduce risks for coronary diseases and prevent stroke. Regular consumption is also said to be effective in maintaining normal blood pressure.

There are also studies that show it can promote bone health through improved calcification, bone mineralization and calcium absorption. Thus, people who consume it regularly are less likely to develop bone-related problems such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

EVOO is such a healthy source of fats. It helps you enjoy your food without sacrificing the taste and pleasure of eating fried and sautéed foods. Switching now is never too late.

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