Reasons to start consuming EVOO
Extra virgin olive oil is a very healthy food, and its regular consumption provides important health benefits that seed oils and butter can’t provide. That’s why it’s so important for us to include it in our diet.
What’s more, its delicious flavor and unmistakable aroma will take your recipes to the next level!
These are the 10 reasons to start consuming EVOO.
- It’s made from the natural juice extracted from perfectly healthy olives. That means it conserves all the nutritional and organoleptic properties of the fruit it comes from: the olive.
- It’s one of the basic ingredients that make up the Mediterranean Diet, one of the healthiest diets in the world and, since 2013, recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
- A high concentration of oleic acid helps prevent cardiovascular illnesses.
- Rich in polyphenols, natural antioxidants that help the body combat free radicals, which translates into protection against degenerative diseases. What’s more, it helps delay cellular ageing.
- It also contains vitamins A, D, E, Y and K. These vitamins favor the absorption of minerals like calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc. These materials help maintenance of soft tissue and bone tissue, sight and the immune system.
- Vitamin E is also recognized as the vitamin of youth thanks to the energy effect against free radicals which cause the ageing of skin cells.
In the kitchen.
- Great versatility in the kitchen. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is recommended for preparing all kinds of dishes: rice, pasta, meat, fish, vegetables, casseroles and vegetable dishes. It can also be consumed raw in salads and as a dressing for fish and vegetable dishes.
- It’s the best oil to use for frying, as it’s the most stable (excellent resistance to 180°C, the ideal temperature for frying) and has the highest smoke point (between 190°C and 210°C) of all edible oils.
- It can be reused up to 8 times (after filtering). The same cannot be said of seed oils which oxidize at high temperatures and must be thrown away after their first use. This is because they generate free radicals and harmful compounds.
- It loses none of its beneficial properties when heated. When heated, alcohols and esters are evaporated, which changes the flavor slightly, but it loses none of its properties or nutritional content.