Olive oil – what’s the deal?
In recent years, olive oil has gained popularity due to its health benefits, better quality production, and emphasis on the healthy Mediterranean diet. Italians and Greeks have used olive oil for millennia, lathering their pasta, meat, and veggies with this “liquid gold” and even using it to cleanse suspicious eyes of curses.
What Health Benefits Are There?
ABSOLUTELY NO cholesterol (plant foods do not contain cholesterol)
It is a monounsaturated fat, the “healthier” fat, whereas saturated fats are the worst and cause artery clogging.
Rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-aging antioxidants
30% more antioxidants are present if it is not filtered.
It helps to regulate blood glucose levels
There is a common misperception that since olive oil is a kind of fat and therefore heavy in calories, this would contribute to an increase in obesity rates.
Olive oil-rich Mediterranean diets are associated with greater weight loss and weight maintenance, according to scientific research.
The fatty acids enhance the immune system.
It raises HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) and decreases triglycerides, so reducing blood sugar and regulating blood pressure.
When applied directly to dry skin problems, it can be beneficial.
How can you consume it?
Olive oil is utilised for more than just cooking. Use it to sauté or fry food without hesitation. It can be drizzled over steamed greens, salads, and newly roasted vegetables. Your imagination has no bounds!
It does not improve with age, unlike wine. To keep it fresh, purchase it in smaller quantities, such as 250ml or 500ml bottles. It will have a longer lifespan if kept out of direct sunlight. Whenever possible, purchase oil kept in opaque bottles or containers. Over time, olive oil can oxidise and become rancid ( a couple of years).
Examples and recipes
Now that you’ve acquired oil, what should you do with it? It is essential to first understand the many varieties of olive oil.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
EVOO has been designated as the BEST olive oil. Additionally, it is the most widely produced oil in Australia and the world. The olives are harvested, then the oil is extracted and refined without the use of solvents or excessive heat. EVOO is sometimes referred to as “cold-pressed,” which alludes to the procedure explained above. EVOO must have a certain acidity. Virgin Olive Oil
This variety is a blend of refined and virgin olive oil with a mild flavour. This is superior to EVOO for stir-frying, deep-frying, and sautéing due to its higher heat tolerance.
Lightest Olive Oil
The name extra light refers to the oil’s lighter flavour, NOT its fat content, as the majority of people believe. This oil, which is lighter in colour, aroma, and flavour, can be used in cakes, cookies, and other dishes that require a delicate oil flavour. It contains the same number of calories as other oils.
Recipe ideas (EVOO)
Use olive oil as a dipping oil when entertaining; dip crusty bread in olive oil, then in dukkah or balsamic vinegar, or consume it on its own.
Drizzle over vegetables, salads, soups or stews
Pop corn in olive oil, then sprinkle additional olive oil over the popcorn.
Make a salad dressing using olive oil and red wine vinegar in equal amounts. freshly cracked black pepper and coarse sea salt
Delicious grilled sourdough pieces drizzled with olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary.
Combine diced roma tomatoes, crushed fresh garlic, chopped basil leaves, sea salt, and olive oil to make bruschetta. Allow it sit for thirty minutes, then spread on grilled crusty bread. DELICIOUS!!
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