Extra-virgin olive oil is one of the most popular cooking oils used today, but its advantages go far beyond the table. Not only does EVOO have a delicious and complex flavor that enhances almost any dish, but it also has a myriad of health benefits.
Extra-virgin olive oil is the purest form of olive oil available, made from the finest olives, cold-pressed in order to extract the oil without damaging the nutrients. It is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, like oleic acid, which can help lower bad cholesterol and reduce inflammation. It also contains antioxidants, such as vitamin E and polyphenols, which can help protect against chronic diseases. Additionally, research suggests that EVOO may help improve heart health by reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Not sold yet? Apparently extra virgin olive oil can make you more beautiful too: ancient Greeks used EVOO to moisture the skin and add shine to their hair. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can soothe irritated skin that's irritated or affected by eczema, while its antioxidants can help reduce skin damage from sun exposure and help protect against skin cancer. Additionally, it has anti-aging properties that can help improve skin texture and elasticity.
Not all EVOO is created equal, however, and you’ll find that investing a bit more in a higher-quality bottle makes a huge difference in flavor. Check out our selection of high quality extra-virgin olive oils, and experience the health benefits first hand!
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