Extra Virgin Olive oil has a lower smoke point than some other oils, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t cook with it. The average stove top is 250 to 350°F on medium/low heat, so try to aim for the lower end of that range. Make sure you keep your oil closed tightly in the bottle, in a dark cool place away from sources of heat like your stove.
Olive oil has been used for thousands of years in cooking and is one of the cornerstones of the healthy Mediterranean diet. It is very versatile and, with its unique flavor and aroma, has become a must-have in the American kitchen. Olive oil can be used for sautéing, browning, stir-frying and as a condiment, drizzled over various dishes.
Thanks to its delicious flavor and unique phytonutrient composition, olive oil has become a legendary culinary oil with hard-to-match health benefits. It’s a cornerstone of the Mediterranean Diet and has been proven beneficial in many ways.
It’s a well-known fact that olive oil is full of healthy, monounsaturated fats, which help reduce bad cholesterol and fights cardiovascular disease. And some research shows that monounsaturated fatty acids may also benefit insulin levels and blood sugar control, which can be especially helpful if you have type 2 diabetes.
Good-quality olive oil contains important vitamins and nutrients and is loaded with antioxidants. This oil is also noted to be gentle on your digestive system, and may help in preventing gallstones and soothe ulcers.
Thanks to a high concentration of oleic acid, which is loaded with polyphenols, olive oil is also known to be an effective anti-inflammatory. (It is one of the few oils that contains about 75% of its fat in the form of oleic acid, a monounsaturated, omega-9 fatty acid). So eating plenty of extra virgin olive oil may help reduce chronic, low-level inflammation that’s been tied to many diseases.
These are just many of the well known facts about EVOO. We have researched. We share this for informational purposes and NOT for the sole treatment of any illness or disease. Always, consult your health care provider!