Apr 17, 2011

Considering Changing Over to Organic Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive oil, now often called "EVOO", is the only oil I use as a cooking oil. We have an oil and vinegar salad set with olive oil in the oil bottle, and balsamic vinegar in the vinegar bottle to sprinkle on our salads. Except for occasionally seasoning a dish with Sesame Oil, olive oil is really the only oil that we have in the house. This is because I am convinced that the olive oil is beneficial to the health, a reason why many more are using olive oil than ever before.

I must admit that I haven't gone out of my way to find organic olive oil, but maybe it is something to be considered.  How oils are processed and how they are bottled can have an affect on their quality. I do make sure that the oils I purchase are cold-pressed, as heat processing can destroy some of the valuable nutrients.  I store ours in a cool dark cabinet and purchase in darkened glass bottles as light can affect the taste and quality of the oil.  I have tried to keep olive oil in the refrigerator, but it tends to harden. Some suggest using and unopened bottle of olive oil within a year, and an opened one within 6 months.

Olive oil is high in fat content, but the healthy kind of fat that is beneficial to the heart. It contains monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). This type of fat is better than saturated fat and trans fats. Still, because of it's high fat content, it is best to use it as an alternative to other fats in recipes than in addition too.  For example, rather than slathering butter on bread, some now enjoy dipping in seasoned olive oil.

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To me, it's easy to see why so many have turned to olive oil as their oil of choice, and now I have to take some time to explore the increased benefits of organic olive oil.

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