There are a variety of different oils that you can use for cooking and seasoning food, such as coconut oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, and peanut oil. However, extra virgin olive oil is one of the most versatile and healthiest oils that you can choose, especially if you pick a 100% pure product from a source you can trust.
Although there are many non-food uses for olive oil too, this article focuses on how to get more of it in your diet though easy and healthy cooking.
Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pure olive oil contains high levels of oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fatty acid that may reduce your risk of heart disease. Even the FDA allows the following statement to be printed on olive oil labels: “Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil.”
There also culinary benefits to using olive oil because of its satisfying taste that is better than using butter. Olive oil is also used by people because of its potential effects on bodily metabolism, cholesterol, blood pressure, and skin and hair health.
Easy Ways to Consume More Olive Oil
You might already be using olive oil to stir-fry vegetables or as a dipping sauce for bread. But there are many other creative and delicious ways to get more olive oil in your daily meals.
Here are some ideas to try out at home:
- Make your own salad dressing with olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, and herbs
- Drizzle olive oil on fruit salads
- Dip pita chips into a mixture of olive oil, Greek yogurt, and spices
- Use olive oil instead of butter in baking recipes
- Roast meats and fish with olive oil when cooking
- Add flavor to soups with olive oil instead of heavy cream
- Toss pasta with olive oil instead of heavy sauces
- Spread olive oil on bread to make grilled cheese sandwiches
Seagate’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Although most of the products labeled as “extra virgin olive oil” in the U.S. are not pure, Seagate’s olive oil stands out and is a better choice. We make our 100% pure extra virgin olive oil from our own hand-picked olives to ensure product quality and integrity. We are in control of the entire production process from harvesting the olives to bottling the finished product, and everything in between. There are no other oils blended into our olive oil, which is significant because so many other products are mixed with sunflower, peanut, sesame, and other oils to water them down.
If you have any questions about our olive oil or how we make it, please contact us.