Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil Better Than Olive Oil?

Simon Poole, MD: I use the word diet” in its original sense, derived from the Latin diaeta” which means way of life.” Olive oil is a fundamental to the cultures of the Mediterranean region, part of ancient traditions, including religious ceremonies as well the ubiquitous fat in the diet for cooking, lubricating and flavoring. Repeated research studies on organic foods as a group show that your likelihood of exposure to contaminants such as pesticides and heavy metals can be greatly reduced through the purchased of certified organic foods, including extra virgin olive oil.

Ideal for drizzling, dipping and lightly roasting, you can even adopt a tree of your choice from the grove and receive an oil delivery from it. This colourful set of tins features the original extra virgin as well as lemon infused and feisty chilli, great with salads and pasta respectively.

Even though olive oil’s monounsaturated fats are more stable and heat-resistant than the polyunsaturated fats that predominate in other oils (especially the easily damaged omega-3 fatty acids found in flax seed oil, which should always be refrigerated and never heated), olive oil should be stored properly and used within 1-2 months to ensure its healthy phytonutrients remain intact and available.

A diet of nutrient dense foods as the main source of calories helps to improve satiety, which prevents snacking on nutrient void high calorie foods that can lead to overeating and eventually obesity Of course, fat is a big factor in the satiety we feel after eating.

A cohort of the population in Greece demonstrated a significant benefit attributed to the type of fat in the diet and analysis of the work in Spain reported that the participants who consumed the most olive oil appeared to have a relative decrease in death rates of 26 percent.