Olive oil is one of the most popular fats to cook with. Renowned as a staple in the Mediterranean Diet, olive oil is processed from an olive tree that has a rich and distinct flavor that is also packed with vitamins. However, not all olive oil is created equal where many varieties are extracted using a chemical process. The purest form of olive oil is extra-virgin olive oil that is rich in phenolic antioxidants, vitamins E and K, and omegas.
In addition to tasting amazing, olive oil is also renowned for its ability to fight and protect the body against certain diseases such as cardiovascular disease (heart and stroke) as well as ward off inflammation.
Although it has become a staple for cooking we recommend keeping the temperature low and/or add it to dressings, soups, or steamed vegetables.
With a bounty of health benefits and a rich taste, we love to use olive oil in a variety of foods.
What are some of your favorite ways to cook with olive oil?