Olive oil is known to have many benefits for the body. It is known to prevent heart diseases, diabetes, and even certain types of cancers. Overall, the consistent use of this oil is generally known to improve your lifespan. However, did you know that there are different types of olive oil? Read on to find out all about them.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO as it is fondly called, is best used for salads and seasonings. It is often extracted by using the cold-pressing method, which inhibits external processes from altering the natural content of the oil. The best kind of EVOO is the high phenolic olive oil, which is rich in oleacein, tyrosol, oleuropein. These polyphenols have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which are helpful in treating chronic illnesses.
Virgin olive oil is the unrefined form, bringing the more natural aroma and flavors compared to the EVOO. It is also used for cooking and baking purposes and some also use this for salad dressings. However, it can also have a slightly higher acidity compared to EVOO, even if it has a generally milder taste than the former. For this reason, this kind of oil is much more suitable for low-heat cooking.
Refined Olive Oil
Refined olive oil is extracted from black and ripe olive fruits and it is known to have a great benefit in terms of preventing colon cancer. However, this type of olive oil is recommended to be used only for cooking because compared to EVOO and virgin olive oil, it has a lower quality. Nevertheless, it still contains the same fatty compounds as EVOO, although not in the same concentration.
Pure Olive Oil
Pure olive oil is not only used for cooking, but it is also best used as a massage oil. It is also used as a carrier oil used in preparing most herbal essential oils. It is often a blend of EVOO, virgin olive oil, as well as refined olive oil. Depending on the blend, the resulting oil can have a higher amount of vitamin E or better aroma.
Olive Pomace Oil
Finally, the olive pomace oil is used only for cleaning purposes and not intended to be ingested. This is because olive pomace oil is known to have the lowest quality among all the other olive oils because it is the residue that is left after the olive fruit is pressed. Once the water is removed from the residue of the pressing, the resulting oil is further filtered. Sometimes, it is mixed with virgin oil to help improve its quality.
There is the EVOO, which is excellent for your health because it supports good nutrition. There are also the refined and pure oils that pave the way to a healthy heart through the dishes you make. Finally, there is also olive pomace oil, which is generally for cleaning purposes. Knowing the specific type of olive oil you are using will allow you to use it according to its specific purpose.
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