Virginity and Good Health

Virginity and Good Health

Did you know that at the first Olympics, in Greece in 1896, the first prize winners received an olive wreath to wear upon their heads? The olive wreath is still synonymous with the Olympics, however, there is so much more to this humble fruit than decorative head ware. If you are looking for a food source to help reduce your risk of chronic disease then Olive Oil is a wonderful inclusion in your diet.

Olive oil is an important part of the Mediterranean Diet which has been shown to reduce your risk of not only heart disease but certain cancers, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The focus of the Mediterranean diet is on eating a wide variety of plant based foods as well as using Olive Oil as a primary source of fat.

Saturated fat, found in animal foods and trans fats, found in processed foods, have been linked with chronic disease, specifically heart disease. Olive oil is a mono-unsaturated fat which is a good type of fat that protects the heart against disease as well as having other health benefits such as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Mono-unsaturated fats have also been found to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.

Which Olive Oil is Best?

With a wide selection of olive oil to choose from, how do you know which one is best? Olives are pressed several times to extract the oil from them so here’s a breakdown of the different varieties:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is made from the first pressing so contains all those amazing compounds that are so beneficial for our health. It also requires very little processing.
Virgin Olive Oil is made from the second pressing and is still a good option but contains less health benefits and requires a little more processing.
Olive Oil is made from the 3rd or 4th pressing of the olives which means that less of the healthy compounds remain and it requires more heat and processing before being bottled.

So if you want to reduce your risk of chronic disease and get the most health benefits from eating olive oil, choose EVOO. It is a stable oil when heated but a good rule to follow with cooking any oil is not to heat it over its smoke point. Here are some more tips for choosing the best quality EVOO for good health.

Top Tips for buying and using the best quality Olive Oil

• Choose locally made EVOO as the transport and storage of EVOO from overseas affects the beneficial compounds in the oil.
• Choose EVOO in dark bottles (or tins), not clear bottles. The light from the sun and in the shops can oxidise the oil causing it to go rancid.
• The colour of the oil doesn’t matter. Like many foods, olive oil comes in a variety of colours. It’s the first pressing that provides the most health benefits.
• Choose an EVOO that has at least 6 months left before the Best Before date. Oil used after this date will still be OK to use but will have reduced nutritional benefits. The Best Before date on most olive oils is 2 years after the harvest date.
• Once opened, use the EVOO quickly and seal the lid properly to keep it fresher for longer.

Click here for our very own EVOO and White Balsamic Salad Dressing recipe

Written by Lisa Stegena, Nutritionist

Nutrition Force is a Western Australian based company of Nutritionists and Accredited Practising Dietitians that offer weight loss programsprivate dietetic consultationschildren’s nutrition & dietetics,  school nutrition and  Corporate Wellness programs.  If you would like more information on our Perth Dietitians and the other services we offer call us today on (08) 9385 7755.

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