Thursday, March 26, 2015

Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is a staple in most kitchens. It has many pluses in addition to making food taste better. Studies have shown impressive health benefits from extra virgin olive oil; olive oil obtained from the first pressing.  I understand that it can help to lower LDL and raise HDL.  There are studies that show a positive relationship between use of  EVOO and lower risks for some cancers.  My point today is a reminder that it is a fat.  While it has many good qualities, one tablespoon has about 120 calories and the calories from fat are 120!  A small amount is good, but too much will make you fat. Instead of pouring it from the bottle, measure or use an olive oil sprayer.  Be careful not to get caught up with "too much of a good thing".