Olive oil has been used for many purposes throughout history. Today, it is used in medicine; pharmaceutical; and personal hygiene products.
The high level of monounsaturated fats (most notably oleic acid) and the various antioxidants present in olive oil make it a must-have superfood.
In fact, the various health benefits of olive oil are also the reason why it has been named the Mediterranean miracle.
Two Types of Olive Oil
The two most common grades are virgin, or VOO, and extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO. Extra virgin olive oil is obtained by first pulverizing then pressing the fruit of olive trees and virgin olive oil is obtained from the secondary press.
Extra virgin olive oil is of the finest quality available. It also retains the highest level of natural minerals and vitamins. Being the purest grade it has the lowest smoke point of all grades and is usually best used on salad or eaten raw.
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Take a look at what one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil every day can do for you!
1. Anticarcinogenic EVOO
Extra virgin olive oil has anticarcinogenic properties which have been shown to be effective against several types of cancer. The two forms of carcinoma it was most tested against were those associated with the digestive system and breast cancer.
EVOO contains oleic acid which is believed to incite apoptosis (cell suicide) and impede cell proliferation in cancer cells. It is also rich in phenolic antioxidants, such as terpenoid and squalene, which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.