Olive oil is nothing short of amazing. It offers all of the benefits of the olive fruit, including the vitamins, flavor, and aroma. Olive oil is used in massage because it is readily absorbed into the skin. Research has shown that olive oil is good for our health, too, in that it can lower the incidence of gallstones, and may help prevent color cancer. A recent study from the University Hospital of Valme in Seville, Spain, showed that olive oil has some strong antibacterial properties, which could be helpful in preventing peptic ulcers or even stomach cancer. Olive oil should be stored in a cool, dark place to keep it fresh. Here’s an explanation of the different varieties of olive oil:
-Extra virgin: considered the best, least processed, from the first pressing of the olives.
-Virgin: from the second pressing.
-Pure: undergoes some processing, such as filtering and refining.
-Extra light: undergoes considerable processing and retains a very mild olive flavor.