Olive Oil it is the right stuff

Even though olive trees originated in Asia, they have been a staple in the Mediterranean for over 3000 years. Most of the olive crop in converted to oil as we all enjoy in everyday cooking.

In this process the olives are pitted, smashed and the juice remains. It is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the oil from the water. The oil is then bottles for our consumption.

The benefits of olive oil are worldly known from curing ear infections to lower blood cholesterol levels. In those countries where olive oil is consumed extensively (not here in the USA by the way) such as Greece, Spain and Italy there is a low instance of cardiovascular disease even though there diet is high in fat. Part of the reason these cultures do not develop cardiovascular problems at the same rate as Americas can be there great consumption of Olive oil and there lack of partially hydrogenated fats.

To reduce you chance of cardiovascular disease add olive oil to you diet. Olive Oil contains 77 percent monounsaturated fatty acids, 14 percent saturated fatty acids and 9 percent polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E. Olive oil also aids in digestion, relives upset stomach, flatulence and heartburn.

Another benefit of olive oil is constipation relief. Take 1 Tsp of olive oil mixed with lemon juice on an empty stomach. Olive Oil also as mentioned above contributes to the reduction of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels without affecting HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels. We need to consume 15% of our total caloric diet with olive oils you main fat source. Replace vegetable oil, butter, salad dressings with olive oil to get the best bang for your buck.

To build strong fingernails Ladies and soften cuticles soak you nails each night in a mixture of 3 parts lukewarm olive oil and 1 part lemon juice.

David Grisaffi