Whenever I think of olive oil. I think of Jeanne Louise Calment.
She was a French woman who lived from 1875 – 1997. Her lifespan was 122 years and 164 days.
She is the longest living ever (confirmed) human 🙂
I love stories like this because I believe in my heart that our lifespan is so much longer than what most people live.
There is so much good for you to do in this world and you can do so much more of it, when you’re around for a long time.
What fascinates me about Jeanne Louise Calment was it was reported that she loved olive oil. She would pour it on her food and rub it on her skin as a moisturiser. She also would drink port and eat chocolate, AND she also had a good attitude and an active lifestyle!
I’m so happy about this as I love olive oil and many a time have I put it on my skin and used it as a hair mask.
But many people are unsure of whether olive oil is a good oil to use or not as there are so many stories circulating in the media about fat.
In my opinion you cannot go wrong with olive oil. It’s the oil I use the most of.
It’s high in a fat that’s protective against inflammation and heart disease. (FYI -The Western lifestyle tends to cause more inflammation in the body. Conditions such as arthritis, period pain, dermatitis, obesity, cardiovascular and coronary heart disease and bowel disease are all linked with inflammation).
It’s rich in antioxidants (polyphenols) that have very powerful health effects. Olive oil also contains vitamin E and vitamin K.
Here’s my olive oil cheat sheet:
-if a lady who lived to be 122 enjoyed it, then I will too 🙂
-use it daily! Refuse to obsess over how much olive oil you are using (within reason). Use 1-2 tbsp in cooking and the same amount per person when you are making a salad dressing.
-use dark green extra virgin olive oil rather than the cheaper highly processed olive oil as the darker green extra virgin olive oil is higher in antioxidants.
-for cooking I use a standard dark green extra virgin olive oil
-for salad dressings I use a slightly pricer oil (the best thing to look for is a cloudy dark green olive oil with a fruity smell). Mix 2 tbsp of olive oil with 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, add 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard, mix well and pour over your favourite salad.
-olive oil is a good oil to cook with as it’s fairly resistant to high temperatures. Although my rule of thumb is NEVER HEAT OLIVE OIL TO SMOKING POINT WHEN COOKING 🙂 You need never have the heat that high when cooking anyway!
What do you think about olive oil?
If you use it, what’s your favourite way to enjoy olive oil?
And if you don’t use olive oil – what oil do you currently use?
Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear more 🙂
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