Be it for roasted veggies, grilled chicken, salad dressing, sprinkling over crostini, olive oil has long transcended the Tunisian borders and made its mark as a global cooking component. Thus, apart from being a baller ingredient which elevates any and all food, extra virgin olive oil is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, making it one of the finest things for a healthy diet.
Beware of bargain olive oils
As producers would try to get their product off the shelves, companies often commit fraud to meet the price and the demand ratio. So, while you are in the supermarket, you might see various labels like ‘product of Italy’, packed in USA, and contains oil from Morocco (read as any random country). But the mill-crushed fruits are way different in quality than what the organic products are. When talking about extra virgin olive oil, the acidity should be below 0.8 and the taste should have distinct shades of fruitiness, bitterness and pungency.
Lesser-known health benefits of olive oil
If you are wondering where the polyphenol compounds come from in olive oil, it’s because they are made from a plant. Polyphenols are antioxidants, one of the 30 compounds that are found in olive oil. But if you are buying low-quality, mass-produced oil, it is not going to have a lot of these polyphenol compounds, losing out on a major benefit.
Choosing the right bottle for extra virgin olive oil is always tricky. Given the various notes, flavors and colors, olive oil is a versatile ingredient.
Taking notes from expert chefs, you can only appreciate the flavor in the best form if you consider olive oil as a fruit juice. Also, similar to craft beers and dark chocolate, olive oil has notes of bitterness. The intense peppery sensation occurs because of oleocanthal, a compound that offers both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Similar to any other fruit extracts, olive oil is also the fresher the better. It is the best when consumed in the first two years. An older bottle probably wouldn’t harm you but slowly degrades from its flavor and health benefits.
Find the oil which is stored in dark and cool place to be sure they are not photo oxidized and has not become rancid.
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