October 19th, 2008 18:49 EST
Medical research shows that Olive Oil offers amazing health benefits
Most gourmets and nutritional health aficionados already know that olive oil is the natural juice produced by the olive tree to naturally and effectively preserve the taste, aroma, vitamins and properties of the olive fruit.
Some culinary connoisseurs know that olive oil is the only vegetable oil that can be consumed as it is, freshly pressed, directly from the fruit without any form of refinement or processing whatsoever.
What most people don`t know is the near miraculous health benefits derived from the monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidative substances found in olive oil, the primary component of the all Mediterranean diets.
Numerous University studies have shown that olive oil offers protection against heart disease by effectively controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels while at the very same time, raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels.
No other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated as olive oil, which is not only very easy on digestion and the stomach, but in fact, actually serves an all natural protective function of one`s skin, hair, organs and coronary system and has been shown to help us heal from and avoid everything from ulcers and gastritis to heart disease and cancer.
Olive oil activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones much more naturally than prescribed drugs. Consequently, it lowers the incidence of gallstone formation.
Olive oil helps with Heart Health due to less oxidation of LDL cholesterol and higher levels of antioxidant compounds, particularly phenols, in the blood and it doesn`t upset the critical omega 6 to omega 3 ratio and most of the fatty acids in olive oil are actually Omega-9 oil, which is monounsaturated.
Medical researchers have found olive oil also offers amazing benefits in healing and preventing colon cancer, as well as clean, soften, clear, revitalize and lubricate our blood vessels, veins and arteries, preventing heart attack and stroke.
As for olive oil versus canola oil, please don`t fall for all the hype which put out by corporations regarding the promotion of canola oil (rapeseed) as superior due to its concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids. Olive oil is far superior and has been around for thousands of years. Canola oil is a relatively recent development and the original crops were unfit for human consumption due to their high content of a dangerous fatty acid called euric acid.
Then there is that all natural, smooth, delicious taste of gourmet olive oil, which can also be purchased with some herbal and spice flavorings and infusions. Plus you can cook at higher temperatures with olive oil without it spoiling or burning. Mmmmm, you can`t beat the taste of gourmet olive oil. How cool is it that it`s actually so delicious and good for you too!
If you want to experience some of the finest olive oils that the California Gold Coast has to over than visit the Coastal Vineyards Olive Oil club at http://www.cvwine.com/oliveoil/home.html
Signing off at Pigging out!
Rocco "Boss Hog" Loosbrock
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Rocco owns and runs a Bacon of the Month Club called The Bacon Freak Bacon is Meat Candy Bacon Club as well as a Wine Club called the Coastal Vineyard Wine Club