When it comes to the best and most healthy oils, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, also known as EVOO, is the top choice. It is incredibly important for patients on Ideal Protein to consume olive oil or grape seed oil every day. On phase 1 through 3 of IP, 2 teaspoons of olive oil (or grape seed oil) are required each day; this is to prevent a deficiency in essential fatty acids. While on Ideal Protein, olive oil helps to keep the bile flowing every day and can also help prevent gallstone incidents. Olive oil and grape seed oils are the only accepted oils because of their low saturation of fat per tablespoon.
Whether you are on Ideal Protein or not, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a fat that everyone should consider including in their diet. Olive oil is made from the fruit of the olive tree and is naturally high in healthy fatty acids. It also has higher levels of antioxidants and other micro nutrients that may help protect against many diseases, from cardiovascular to cancer. There are several different types of olive oil available on the market today, but research has shown that Extra Virgin Olive Oil benefits are superior to the many other varieties.
Olive oil is mainly made up of monounsaturated fatty acids, the most important of which is called oleic acid (classified as an omega-9 fatty acid). Oleic acid has been strongly associated with reduced risks of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. This is especially true when compared to the compounds found in more refined vegetable oils, trans fats or hydrogenated fats.
Because it comes from the first press of the olives, extra virgin olive oil is also known for its incredible taste. When grocery shopping for EVOO be careful to avoid the many imitators. It is important that the label states “100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil”. The oil must also be pressed from olives alone, it should not be mixed with any nut or seed oil.
There are many ways to include olive oil in your diet each day. EVOO is packed with so much flavor that it tastes great lightly poured over a salad; add salt and pepper, lemon juice, and/or a seasoning of your choice to change it up each time. Whether you are sauteing, roasting or grilling your meat and veggies, there is no better way to enhance the flavor of your meal than with a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil! Just be sure to measure before pouring. With its amazing flavor and health benefits, it is no wonder the ancient Greeks called it “liquid gold”!