Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Skinny on Olive Oil...

Olive oil, although high in fat, in moderate quantities this oil is known as liquid gold. The fat in olive oil is not the belly bulging fat like saturated fat. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Olive oil is mainly comprised of monounsaturated fat, which is known to reduce belly fat and increase your good cholesterol levels (HDL) (yes, there are good levels of cholesterol) and decrease the bad cholesterol levels (LDL).
Due to its natural antioxidant powers, known as poly phenols, olive oil can help destruct the cells in your body which cause heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's etc.
So, how much olive oil should you get? One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil has 120 calories and 14 grams of fat! To take advantage of all the benefits of olive oil, experts say two tablespoon a day is all you need. I know this can add up to a lot if you are watching your fat intake, but remember, this is the good fat (monounsaturated), rather than the bad fat (saturated).
Start substituting your butter, margarine or any animal fat for olive oil. Instead of buttering your bread or vegetables, use olive oil to replace. Not only will you be eliminating heart wrenching saturated fats and trans fats, but you will also be doing your body a favor by putting healthy fats in your diet!
I love good quality extra virgin olive oil. Good olive oil is so worth the money. Look for olive oil in dark, tinted bottles. This helps keep the light out and your EVOO tasting fresh! EVOO is great for salads. Use a lighter olive oil for frying or baking.
Don't be afraid of olive oil!
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