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FOOD FOR TAUT (SKIN): ​Olive Oil Olé

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Olive Oil Olé


WARNING: What follows is a green joke that I got from a friend who got it from a priest who was his Theology professor back in college. (I kid you not. Why some of the best green jokes mostly come from religious people I know is beyond me!) You have been warned. Continue reading at your own discretion (you pervert)!

Professor: Which part of Popeye does not rust?

Student: Which one?

Professor: The one he puts in Olive Oyl.

Kidding aside, we’ve heard it all before. The benefits of olive oil have been discussed at length by a good number of experts and health buffs. In case you need a refresher on what those are exactly, read on. 

Olive oil is extracted from the olive tree, which is native to the Mediterranean basin. The fact that people started collecting wild olives since the 8th millennium BC is testament to the health wonders of its essence.

For starters, olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats or what we call “good fats.” Contrary to the false notion that an intake of fats makes one fat, consuming olive oil actually gives the body good fats that have a multitude of benefits. Primary among these is its antioxidant properties. Because of this ability, olive oil delays aging and prevents the oxidization of cholesterol in blood. Moreover, its antioxidant properties make it effective in fighting serious diseases. Even better than being rich in antioxidants is the fact that olive oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties. As a result, olive oil helps prevent arthritis, weight gain and obesity (by improving digestion), and type 2 diabetes. Better still, it prevents metabolic syndrome (which is a combination of abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and high blood sugar), Alzheimer’s disease (by removing beta amyloid plaques inside brain cells), and even depression.

The next best thing to love about olive oil is how healthy it is for the heart. Olive oil improves the function of blood vessel linings, helps prevent unwanted blood clotting, and lowers blood pressure. These, in turn, reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

There are a multitude of other health benefits that come from including olive oil in your regular diet. It balances hormones and prevents gall stones as well as osteoporosis (because it easily absorbs calcium). Olive oil is also excellent for the skin. It is the perfect home remedy for acne and a natural eczema treatment. In addition, olive oil is best in fighting oxidative stress, which is triggered by exposure to air pollution and cigarette smoke, and the consumption of fried foods or alcohol. Olive oil has anti-bacterial properties as well. Paraphrasing the National Center for Biotechnology Information or NCBI, healthline.com said that “Test tube studies have shown extra virgin olive oil to be effective against eight strains of… bacteria, three of which are resistant to antibiotics.” Best of all, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, olive oil kills cancer cells, thus reducing the risk of deadly diseases such as malignant melanoma and breast cancer.

Olive oil not only looks good on paper; it tastes even better. So whether you want it drizzled on your plate or used as a main ingredient in your dish, including olive oil in your diet douses your body with a dose of health benefits. If you would rather taste it to believe it, try out this recipe of a classic favorite by Lucio Galletto and David Dale from Grub Street:

Spaghetti with olive oil, chili, and garlic

Ingredients:

  • 400g spaghetti
  • 200ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chili, finely chopped
  • A large handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt

Procedure:

1.Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente.

2.Meanwhile, heat the oil in a heavy-based frying pan over a low heat, and fry the garlic for 1-2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon to spread the flavor through the oil. Add 2 tbsp cooking water to the pan and stir in the chili and parsley. Season with salt and cook for 3 minutes, mixing occasionally.

3.When the spaghetti is ready, drain it quickly so it is still rather wet and add it to the sauce. Gently toss to coat, then leave for a minute over a low heat before serving on hot plates.


SOURCES:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/16/10-best-olive-oil-recipes

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-olive-oil#section3

https://californiaoliveranch.com/olive-oil-101/extra-virgin-olive-oil-health/

https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-health-benefits

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-olive-oil.html

https://draxe.com/olive-oil-benefits/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17263460


 

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