The Essential Cooking Ingredient in Food-Olive Oil

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Thousands of years, in the history of human kind olive oil has a played a vital role in developing and nurturing the cultures and traditions. Olives and olive oil are the main substances in most of the foods like pastas, pizzas, and certain type of breads and not to forget the salad dressings. The pungent taste, bitterly pepperiness and the flavor of the olive oil is an irresistible acquired tasted for the addicts. I often watch cookery shows on my television spruced with Verizon FiOS TV that telecasts good usage of olive oil in cooking depicting its health aspects. This naturally processed oil can be used as substitute for many of the saturated oily substances like butter and margarine which not only gives a good texture and taste to your food but also heads-up your health concerns.

Olive oil is extracted by grinding olives and in turn pressing them to obtain the oil. The production of olive oil can be done both manually and mechanically with no application of chemicals. Perfectly ripened olives are used to produce the best olive oil unlike the raw olives that gives bitter oil when processed. The different types of olive oil obtained in the process of production are categorized based on amount of processing involved. Extra Virgin is the first press oil considered to be the best and it's got high content of antioxidants as it is less processed. The second is the virgin oil obtained from the second press and is known to have good taste. Pure version is usually a blend of refined and virgin production oil. The last type is the Extra light which has got a mild flavor because of extra processing that it undergoes.

Let alone the part of being a key ingredient in cooking, olive oil is used to promote several health aspects. It's included in the diet to be devoid of those extra calories. Due its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidative substances, it is known to provide protection from heart diseases and other chronic illness. It lowers the bad cholesterol levels and increases the good cholesterol required for functioning of the heart. Olive oil, particularly the Extra Virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants like vitamin E and phenols and has abundant omega-9 fatty acids. No other naturally processed oil has such a high amount of monounsaturated components. Olive oil is a treat for stomachs suffering from ulcers and gastritis. It has an unbelievable effect on acid refluxes and it activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones much more naturally than prescribed drugs. It is also known to slow the gallstone formation and reduce it over a period of time. Studies reveal that olive oil provides relief from colon cancer by preventing it to certain extent. The antioxidant content in olive oil protects the DNA by reducing oxidative damage to DNA otherwise which may be a cause to cancer. Olive oil has numerous skin applications as a moisturizer and cleanser. It also has immense cosmetic usages like soaps and creams. It is used to protect the dry flaky skin especially during winter seasons. Best known for its healing properties, olive oil acts as a natural moisturizer, regenerating skin cells and softening the tissue. It can also be used as a shaving oil to shave facial and body hair. Apart from the health implications, olive oil is used in making of certain drugs as it is proven that olive oil has null reaction to allergies. Olive oil used in cooking, cosmetics, health and medicinal applications, religious rituals and even as fuel in lamp making is surely a great innovation by mankind with its still evolving attributes.

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Tina is a nutrition specialist who writes about health and nutrition benefits of all food substances like Olive Oil – its uses and benefits and often watches related food shown on Verizon FiOS TV.

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This article was published on 2012/01/20