Updated: Aug 27, 2020
There is every reason to provide yourself and your family with the superb health-giving benefits of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).
It fits into every culture and dietary lifestyle and is acceptable to all major religions. In fact, we don’t know of any group or body that has a bad word about it.
Extra virgin olive oil is perfect for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free diets and more
Research by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health now tells us that the concept of a low fat diet has contributed greatly to the epidemic of obesity. Our bodies need fats but the right type of fats. Many plant foods such as nuts and seeds are packed with healthy fats, and we are being told to include them in our diets.
Extra virgin olive oil has omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 and a whole range of other substances and compounds that are vital for healthy living. The world famous Mayo Clinic explains in an excellent article Why you should choose olive oil over other types of fat.
Popular diets benefit from olive oil too
A good diet is not just about losing weight quickly. The best ones tempt you into to changing your lifestyle too. That includes choosing foods that are good for you and which you enjoy. There are over 40 well known diets, many of them just fads, so we have chosen 3 of the most popular:
#1 Mediterranean Diet and olive oil
The Mediterranean Diet is very highly rated. Research strongly suggests it fights chronic disease and helps you to live longer. It’s very easy to follow, great for diabetics and heart health, and is perhaps the best of all for healthy living and lifestyle. EVOO is a major component and contributes greatly to the health-giving properties of this diet.
#2 Olive oil in a Keto diet
Olive oil is permitted in a keto diet as it has no carbs and is high in fat. Because all fats contain the same number of and grams of fat and calories, you are much better off relying on monounsaturated fats in healthy olive oil that are good for your heart than on saturated and animal fats. The antioxidants in olive oil also help absorb nutrients from the small portions of vegetables permitted.
#3 Nordic Diet – swap out canola and choose olive oil instead
This diet focuses on locally based produce and wild food in the northern countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Åland. It uses locally produced canola (made from a variety of rapeseed) and is similar to the Mediterranean diet in many regards. Avoiding food additives is an important component too.
Canola is a vegetable oil mostly produced by refining a GMO variety of rapeseed using synthetic chemicals whereas olive oil is a fruit oil made simply from cold pressed ripe olives.
Unsurprisingly, olive oil is considered the healthier of the two because of all its nutrients - polyphenols, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that aid cardiovascular health and cognitive function as well as many other recognised benefits. Research on Canola oil instead reports inconsistent and conflicting findings and far more serious analysis are required. Some experts even strongly advise against using it.
So a Nordic diet with extra virgin olive oil is simply better for you!
All religions welcome extra virgin olive oil
Most great faiths or religions have guidelines and recommendations about what to eat and what to avoid. Many, such as Buddhism, promote a plant based diet. Restrictions can include animal meat and intoxicants.
EVOO passes all these tests with flying colours. It is perfect for Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Taoists, Hindus and Jewish traditions amongst others.
In fact, olive oil has widely been used in sacred ceremonies for anointing. It is considered a holy ingredient. This may be because its incredible health-giving properties marked it out as a very special substance bestowed on us by nature.
Everybody benefits from EVOO – keep it ready in your kitchen
There is much medical and scientific evidence about the marvellous health benefits of EVOO. It helps your body fight a wide range of serious ailments – from dementia to weight gain. It is highly recommended by the majority (if not all) professional nutritionists.
The fact that it is welcomed by experts and has been accepted by major religions for centuries makes it double blessed.
Get some today but make sure it’s Extra Virgin because other types, such as “light” and “pure” are highly refined with almost total loss of their natural substances.