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Due to its prominent role in the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is a very popular cooking oil. Extra-virgin oil is made from the first pressing of the olives. This results in an oil that has more flavor and a fruity aroma, and is less processed, meaning it’s considered to be “unrefined.” It’s also usually more expensive than other types of olive oil and contains the most antioxidants. Olive oils have the highest percentage of monounsaturated fats among cooking oils. They’re rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, beneficial plant compounds that improve heart health.

When it comes to cooking at high temperatures there are better choices, as extra-virgin olive oil cannot withstand very high heat before it starts to burn and smoke. Refined, or pure, olive oil may be more suited for high-temperature cooking.

Since extra-virgin olive oil offers more flavor than other types of olive oil, it’s a good option for sautéing vegetables, and preparing salad dressings and marinades.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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