In recent years we have heard about all the health benefits we get when we ingest olive oil. Olive oils pocesses antioxidative substances, and studies have shown that olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels.
Olive oil is also very well tolerated by the stomach and actually can serve to protect it. And the regular consumption of olive oil can reduce the incidence of gallstone formation.
But what I like best about olive aside from its health benefits is it versatility. The *Extra Virgin Olive has a high smoke point which means it can be heated up to 400 degrees and is an excellent choice when frying. I also love the taste! Olive oil has to be one of, if not my absolute favorite, kitchen must haves. I use it every day either in cooking or just alone on a cracker! Homer had it right…olive oil is pure liquid gold!
* All olive oils that are less than 1% acidity and produced by the first pressing of the olive fruit through the cold pressing process is called extra-virgin olive oil.