Ways with Olive: Cook easy with olive oil

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People in the Mediterranean region have fewer incidences of heart disease than anywhere else in the world. One reason, researchers say, could be the wide use of olive oil. It’s healthy all right!

Benefits and uses
Olive oil is known to be gentle on the digestive system, and may help prevent gallstones and soothe ulcers.

Good quality olive oil contains valuable vitamins and nutrients, and is loaded with antioxidants, which studies have shown to protect the body from cancer.

Olive oil is great for spaghetti, oven-roasted vegetables, fresh salads, and many other dishes.

Choosing the right oil

Extra virgin olive oil: First pressing of olives, and retains the most flavor and aroma.

Cold pressed: They aren’t heated up beyond room temperature during processing. Unsurprisingly, high heat can damage the flavor and nutrients in the oil

Virgin olive oil: Comes from the second pressing.

Cheaper brands sold as “regular” or “pure” olive oil are made by chemical refining and filtering, which standardize and neutralize flavors and acid contents. They have lower nutrient levels.

Other uses
Healthy Skin: Olive oil helps moisturize the skin and promotes healthy skin. Adding a bit of olive oil to a warm bath is a good option. It can also be used as a soothing aftershave or for chapped lips.

Manage damaged hair: It helps tame and moisturize your locks, especially in winter or on humid days. Olive oil can also provide some relief for damaged hair.

Easy snore: According to some sources, taking a sip of olive oil before heading to bed can help lubricate your throat muscles, cutting down on snoring. Others have noted that taking a teaspoon of olive oil can help soothe a scratchy or ticklish throat.
Spic and span: Silverware, copper, and other metal items can be?polished with ketchup or toothpaste. After you’re done, rub in a bit of olive oil to prevent streaks, corrosion, and tarnish.

Zipper easier: Stuck zippers will no longer be a problem if you use olive oil. Swab some of the oil on the teeth of the zipper, and then try gently easing it unstuck.

Fix it: Olive oil can actually be used as a lubricant in many applications. Try it out on squeaky doors, hinges, and anywhere else. It’s safe to keep around the house and you need not worry about kids or pets using it.

Cure earache: Use a cotton swab to apply olive oil to the outside ear cavity to help with earaches and excess wax. Heat up some olive oil in a microwave for 30 seconds then apply it to the ear that hurts for relief.

Cook Well
Use in marinades or sauces for meat, fish, poultry, and vegetables.

Add at the end of cooking for a burst of flavor.
Make a tasty, heart-healthy dip by mixing cooked white beans, garlic, and olive oil in a food processor; season to taste with your favorite herbs.

Use olive oil in your sauces. Whisking will help emulsify, or blend, the watery ingredients with the oil in the sauce.
Brush it on meats before grilling or broiling to seal in the meat flavor and juices and create a crispy exterior.
Add to eggs and drizzle over toast.
Sprinkle on brown rice.

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