Benefits Derived From Food Cooked With Olive Oil
by Luessi Dino I am a Writer
Olive oil for cooking has always been the cooking
medium for people in the Mediterranean region. It has also been statistically
proved that people of this region rarely fall sick and are extremely healthy
otherwise. The primary reason for the same has been attributed to the use of olive
oil for cooking.
across the world are still not aware of all the ways and means by which people
using olive oil as a cooking medium are benefited. Some of the well-known
health benefits include:·
Its ability to kill cancerous cells at the molecular
Its positive role in the prevention of heart
diseases by: o Lowering LDL
cholesterol, o Preventing
fatty-patch formation and o Facilitating the
elimination of harmful low density lipoproteins.
It helps to keep the blood pressure under control by
bringing about a reduction in both the systolic and diastolic pressures.
It facilitates better control over blood sugar
levels and also increases sensitivity of the body to insulin.
It helps to combat obesity and rheumatoid arthritis.
Prevention of osteoporosis by improving bone
calcification and mineralisation and enabling calcium absorption.
beyond doubt that it is the best cooking oil for
health and contains many essential nutrients which are required by the
body for its proper working. The important nutrients present in olive oil are:
Good fats: These are also
known as monounsaturated fats or MUFA which help to lower the presence of the
bad cholesterol in the blood and also help to normalise instances of blood
clotting. Reduction of this bad cholesterol prevents the clogging of the blood
vessels thereby reducing instances of heart attacks.
Antioxidants: The presence of
phenolic compounds, vitamin E and carotenoids in olive cooking oils, all of which are powerful antioxidants, help in
the reduced formation of free radicals thereby preventing them from causing
long lasting effects.
acids: This is generally used to refer to Omega 3 which is present in olive
oil and along with MUFA helps to lower the blood pressure of a person. Since it
is an extremely important requirement of the human body and cannot be produced
within it, consumption of olive oil helps to fulfil this need.
Oleocanthal: The presence of
this chemical in naturally occurring olive oil delays the onset of several
neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia etc.
Olive oil cooking is preferred to the use of
other vegetable cooking oils because it has a much higher content of bioactive
compounds in comparison to other vegetable oils. It is a super food which has
an array of recognised and unrecognised nutritional qualities. It is also
convenient to use for almost all types of cooking processes used like deep
frying or pan frying, boiling and of course roasting etc.
The use of olive
oil for cooking benefits also helps to reduce cooking time and also
adds a variety of flavours to the food being cooked. This addition ranges from
the sweet to the caustic, from bitter to being slightly peppery and even fruity
at times. This powerful flavour which it adds to the food being cooked is a
definite measure of the quality of the olive oil used with oils of the best
quality imparting the strongest flavours to the food and enhancing its taste.
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