SuperFoodz # 12- Olive Oil

This week, I had been using quite a bit of olive oil. I know I am not the only one who loves the stuff, for I see it in quite a few recipes lately. Can you blame us? This stuff is good! But is it healthy? Well after a bit of research, I found that not only is it good for you, but it’s good enough to make this weeks Friday SuperFoodz!

Olive oil is the only vegetable oil that can be used right after it has been pressed from the olive. It is also the oil highest in those mono-saturated fats we keep hearing all about (you know. The good kind!). It is incredibly high in antioxidants and helps keep you bad cholesterol in check while raising your good cholesterol, which can also help with heart disease. But wait! There’s more! A study was done with rats who consumed fish oil and rats who consumed olive oil. The olive oil nomming rats had a less chance of colon cancer! Who needs non-vegan, gross-tasting fish oil pills when we have good old fashioned olive oil!

The olive oil with the most of the benefits and the highest amount of vitamin E would be extra virgin right after it has been pressed, because it is the least processed. It has more of that olivey flavor I love!

So what can you use olive oil for? Do you really need to ask? It can be used from anything to making sauces creamier to keeping your sauté from burning. It is great for making home-made vegan mayo and dressings.

My favorite uses for EVOO is to brush lightly over a few thick tomato slices. Then I lightly salt and pepper them and let them bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour. Its amazing and a great pizza topping! But at 126 calories per tablespoon, you might want to make every bit you use last if you are watching your weight.

What is your favorite use of olive oil?

Olive-Oil Drizzling Health Freak Unite!

-Andrew “VegMuffinMan” Morrison-

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About healthfreax

Being a relatively new vegan, i am always on the search for new skills, foods, and adventures. So join me on the journey through life as we find new ways to make simple, healthy ingredients taste amazing! I'm a teenager, vegan, and loving it!
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7 Responses to SuperFoodz # 12- Olive Oil

  1. Maria says:

    I have been using olive oil for a lot of things other than eating. Once a week a hair repair, as a lotion after a shower, mixing with garlic for throat. and as a laxative. I use it instead of butter or margarine for bread, and potatoes with a bit of also finger. Good food of choice.

    • healthfreax says:

      Did not know it had so many medical benefits too. Thank you so much for the help! I might have to try it in my hair to get rid of all the damage that the shampoos i used to use did to me.

  2. cristin says:

    Did u know Grapeseed oil is bettet than olive oil it has twice the good stuff init..just FYI…check it out.. 🙂

  3. cristin says:

    Oh plus I do agree olive oil is the bomb diggy..I use Organic, virgin olive oil as one of the ingredients in my vegan soaps. If u dont mind check them out..www.organicsoapfactory.com

  4. Marly says:

    I agree with Maria. I read once that you can use olive oil as a leave-in conditioner and I do that from time to time. Seriously! It just takes a little dab, but it works wonders!

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