Olive Oil Basics

Olive oil is the basis for the Mediterranean diet, which is linked to increased longevity, decreased obesity and a reduced risk of heart disease. Nancy Jenkins summarized essential knowledge about olive oil to help you get maximum enjoyment from this wonderful food. Buy olive oil in dark glass containers or tins that have been protected from the sun. The best olive oil is usually the most expensive and high-end labels usually contain the best quality oils. Fresh olive oil is best, so try to use it within 18 months of bottling. It’s OK to heat olive oil above 250 degrees and use the oil for baking because olive oil is more stable than other oils. Finally, the best olive oil is low in omega-3 fatty acids. The health benefits come from their antioxidant polyphenols. Olive oil is a heart-healthy food that adds flavor to many dishes. Try to buy only the best. (The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2015)

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