Have you been trying to make some simple diet adjustments to live a healthier life? Introducing olive oil into your diet can be a good first step!
Here are a few things you should definitely know about olive oil as you look toward beginning to take your health more seriously:
• Olive oil can be a life saver. This isn’t even an exaggeration—numerous studies have proven olive oil consumption to be a factor in preventing diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and conditions like Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis.
• There really is a difference between “extra virgin” and “refined.” Extra virgin oil is made by crushing olives, has a better nutritional profile, and generally has a better taste. Refined olive oils might be labeled as “pure,” “light” or simply “olive oil,” which means they are put through industrial processes with chemicals and heat. These are not as healthy.
• Bitter oil is a good thing! Olives that are picked fresh from the tree are bitter because of all the fresh nutrients found in them. They might not be as pleasant to eat, but they sure are healthy! The same is true with olive oil, where bitterness is usually a sign of good nutritional value. If you’re the kind of person who likes dark beer or chocolate, bitter olive oil is right up your alley.
• The label has some important information. While you can’t truly judge an oil until you’ve tasted it, the label will tell you a lot of important information about it. The harvest date, or “best by” date, will give you a good indicator of how fresh the oil is. You should also look for quality seals, such as award stickers from the International Olive Oil Competition.
• Olive oil doesn’t age well. Unlike wine, extra virgin olive oils don’t get better with age. Store it in a cool, dark place before it’s opened for up to a year or so, and once it’s opened you should use it within a month or two.
• Good olive oil enhances other flavors. The flavor of olive oil binds with other foods to elevate the taste of your meal. This is one of the reasons it makes a great salad dressing.
Want to learn more about what makes a good olive oil? Contact us today at My Olive Tree for more information.
Our mission is to create a partnership between the Evangelical community and the nation of Israel; this partnership will produce employment, income, and revenue for humanitarian aid projects in Israel. We envision the planting of one-million olive trees over the next seven years. This relationship was prophesied in the Bible centuries ago, that the foreigners and strangers (those not of Jewish descent) would help rebuild the walls of Israel and cause the desert to bloom (Isa 35:1). Among other things, this reforestation is an environmental blessing for the entire region. May all who participate in this project be blessed body, soul and spirit; it is time for you to take root in Israel!