Virgin olive oil is good for health for many reasons. Incorporating virgin olive oil into your diet protects you from developing heart disease when used to replace butter or lard. It is high in antioxidants that fight the damage that can occur to your heart and is free of both saturated and trans fats. Virgin olive oil can decrease your risk of health conditions like high cholesterol, heart attacks and high blood pressure that are associated with the use of other oils and fats.
Substitute virgin olive oil for other cooking fats. Use it to saute, marinate and roast food in place of butter, lard or other types of oil. Remember, though, that olive oil still contains fat and calories, so keep your intake to one portion to control your intake.
Make salad dressings with virgin olive oil. Prepare your own healthy topping for your favorite salad by combining olive oil with herbs, vinegar or lemon juice. Experiment with flavors to find those you like the best. Making your own dressings allows you to control how much virgin olive oil is used. You can also use virgin olive oil to make marinades, sauces and gravy.
Swallow virgin olive oil to reduce the discomfort from a sore throat. A spoonful can soothe a sore, dry or scratchy throat when you have the common cold, allergies or strep throat.
Add virgin olive oil to your skin-care routine. Drizzle some in your bath or rub it into your skin to keep it moist and healthy. These benefits also result from eating virgin olive oil, but the results from direct contact with your skin are evident right away. You can also combine virgin olive with sugar and use the mixture to exfoliate your skin when it is dry and flaky. Virgin olive oil can also improve the health and look of your hair and nails when applied directly to them as a moisturizer.
- MayoClinic.com: Olive Oil: What Are the Health Benefits?
- "The Passionate Olive: 101 Things to Do With Olive Oil"; Carol Firenze; 2005