Asia Minor and Mediterranean countries have long used olive oil instead of fat, oil, butter, and margarine. Reginald Cherry, MD, author of The Bible Cure, has said that Western countries would benefit in a number of ways if we simply substituted olive oil for fat laden ingredients common in our diet. WebMD. Olive oil is the only oil that the FDA has approved as a heart healthy cooking oil. It is also believed that olive oil is the less likely to contribute to causes of cancer. Olive oil may also lower risks of developing metabolic syndrome. Some believe it can even contribute to a longer life.Olive Oil Source.
Olive oil is believed to help raise levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and strengthen the immune system. Olive oil is considered a “good fat,” or monounsaturated fat, according to
How to include olive oil in your diet.
You can include olive oil in your diet by substituting it for other cooking oils and fats and using it in salad dressings. You can also enjoy dipped bread in olive oil. Olive oil has a distinctive flavor that many people enjoy. Remember, all oils are high in calorie, so don’t over do it adding olive oil into your diet.
Cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil is processed without the use of chemicals and is believed to provide the most health benefits.
Does cooking olive oil destroy its health benefits?
Cooking often destroys the beneficial compound and nutrients in food. If the same is true of olive oil? Does cooking with olive oil destroy its health benefits?
The important thing to consider when cooking with olive oil is the oil’s smoke point, or smoking point. The smoke point is also the temperature at which olive oil breaks down, according to the
Truth versus myth about cooking olive oil.
Olive Oil Source, debunks the rumor that heating olive oil destroys all of its health benefits. While it is true that overheating olive oil may cause some component breakdown, it has such a high heating point, relative to other oils, that it is not easily oxygenated or hydrogenated. Oxygenation and hydrogenation cause oil to have a bitter taste
It is also a myth that cooking destroys the nutrients in cooking oil. Even though components of the oil are broken down at high temperatures, the temperature at which you cook in the home is not high enough nor sustained long enough to destroy the health benefits.
As with most foods, uncooked oil is best, then steamed, then olive oil used for frying. It does no, however, destroy the health benefits of olive oil, reports Olive Oil Source.
Cherry, Reginald, MD. The Bible Cure. Creation House, 1998.
All about Olive Oil, WebMD.com
Heating Olive Oil, oliveoilsource.com