Olive oil as been used for cooking and beautification for centuries. Here
are some ways to use olive oil in your food:
Pour over salad or mix it with balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
for a tasty salad dressing.
Use in a marinade or sauce for meat, fish, or vegetables. Olive oil
penetrates into the first few layers of the food being marinated.
Sprinkle over cooked pasta or vegetables.
Use instead of butter or margarine as a healthy dip for bread. Pour a little
olive oil into a small bowl for dipping bread.
Replace butter with olive oil in mashed potatoes or on baked potatoes.
( You can whip cooked potatoes, roasted garlic, olive oil, and salt and
Cook white beans, garlic, olive oil and your favorite herbs in a food
Use olive oil in your sauces.
Olive oil is often used as a salad dressing to liven up food, but olive oil also
has been said to offer protection against dangerous cardiovascular risks
like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol. New
research suggests consuming olive oil may discourage strokes in older
people. A study was made by Cecilia Samieri, the University of Bordeaux
and the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux,
France. This study involved 7,625 participants (ages 65 and older) who
had no previous history of stroke. During the study, researchers assessed
participants’ olive oil use, which was identified as those who used olive
oil intensively, moderately or not at all. Several other risk factors were
also taken into consideration, such as physical exercise, diet, and body
mass index. After more than five years, the group reported a total of
148 strokes. Individuals who used olive oil on a regular basis (for both
cooking and for a dressing) showed a 41% lower risk for stroke in contrast
to those who did not include olive oil as a part of their diet. Olive oil is
an inexpensive and easy way to help prevent stroke. Olive oil is high
in antioxidants, including vitamin E, these Antioxidants are nutritional
powerhouses that protect against age-accelerating free radicals. The next
time you enjoy a salad, top with olive oil instead of commercial salad
dressings that contain fattening sugar and dangerous high fructose corn
syrup.. Balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar and olive oil will make
a delicious vinaigrette that is high in antioxidants and gives anti-aging
protection. When purchasing olive oil, choose Extra Virgin olive oil.
This is the least processed and retains the highest nutrient value.
Olive oil is also good for the skin and hair. Try these easy inexpensive
home remedies: For rough dry hands; Combine two tablespoons of olive
oil with two tablespoons of sugar. Rub on hands until sugar begins to
dissolve. Rinse with warm water. The result is silky-smooth hands. Create
a moisturizing facial mask with olive oil, honey, and egg yolk. Beat
until well blended and apply to face, leave for 15 minutes, then rinse
with warm water. For nails, warm a small dish of olive oil (not too hot)
with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Soak nails for 5- 10 minutes. This
softens and strengthens nails. For simple hair treatment, warm several
tablespoons of olive oil (again, not hot). Rub unto hair and scalp. Cover
with a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse. For dry hair,
split ends or dandruff, mix an egg yolk with the olive oil… but do not
warm. Shampoo twice after this treatment to eliminate the egg yoke
odor! Alleviate chapped lips by applying olive oil. Olive oil will promote
smooth complexion, condition and shine your hair and heal brittle nails.
by Larry Kuka Not Intended for medical advice. For informational purposes only.