Olive Oils Are Not Created Equal

There are so many different brands and types of olive oil on store shelves today can be quite amazing to find out which one to choose, but you must choose whether to enjoy the flavor and all the health benefits of consuming this healthy oil. The trick is to choose an oil that tastes good and has the most health-promoting properties. To help you determine what to buy, let me share with you some tips. In addition, I will share some key information you need to know about how to store and use this wonderful oil properly.

If you want an olive oil with the best flavor and nutritional value of most, choose a bottle of extra virgin words on the label. By definition, the words extra virgin means the oil is refined and comes from cold pressing olives. Cold pressing is sometimes called the first pressure is a process in which the olives are not heated over a certain temperature. This process preserves the nutrients and flavor. In addition, you are better off if you can find a brand that says 100% extra virgin olive oil, otherwise, it is possible that only a small percentage of oil in the bottle is extra virgin. The balance can be oil that is light and pure. The light of the words and pure means that the oil is refined and has been chemically treated. This process removes some of the heart-healthy properties. In addition, light oils and flavored cigars have a bottom.

Choose olive oil that comes in a dark glass bottle so that the light does not penetrate easily. When exposed to light, this type of oil can turn rancid more quickly than if stored in a dark container. The heat and air can also cause more rapid deterioration. As a result, maintain the oil in a closed container and store away from heat sources such as stove, oven or the area on top of the refrigerator. In addition, the finished product within four months after purchase or the healthy antioxidant properties beneficial for the heart of oil will drop significantly.

As additional insurance you are buying a quality olive oil, buy brands that have a seal of approval of the ICEA (Istituto per la Certificazione Etica e Ambientale or ethical and Environmental Certification Institute) California Olive Oil Council or other body regulator reputation. You are also more likely to be buying a quality product if the bottle of oil has the USDA Organic seal of approval. As price and demand for olive oil has increased, there has been an increase in the amount of counterfeit product sold in the market. Typically, the counterfeit product has a label that says extra virgin olive oil, but the product in the bottle has been diluted with cheaper oils of lesser quality. To the best of my knowledge, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not routinely test imported olive oil for adulteration.

Olive oil is the number one heart-healthy oil that I recommend especially if used at low temperatures. It is high in monounsaturated fats, which help reduce LDL or bad cholesterol and raise HDL or good cholesterol. Furthermore, this oil antioxidants may help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidation. Another heart-healthy benefits of this oil is its ability to reduce inflammation and possibly two important diabetes risk factors for heart disease. For the best quality olive oil can cost more money, but in terms of health benefits, olive oil is priceless.

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