Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), which are believed to promote cardiac health by reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol. This oil also helps in preventing the growth of cancer and diabetes, and enables you to lose weight naturally. Many studies indicate that replacing your normal refined oil with this oil helps you in losing weight fast without putting yourself on restricted diet and rigorous exercise schedule. Also, you are likely to eat less food if you replace saturated fats with MUFA-rich olive oil. Research also indicates that the use of monounsaturated fats promotes the breakdown of stored fat in your body.
It contains important nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin E, carotenoids, and polyphenolic compounds, but zero carbohydrate, protein or fiber. While buying olive oil, opt for light or mild oil, which is adequately filtered to remove its natural color and distinct flavor. The filtered oil can be very well used for cooking or baking purposes. But, you need to take certain precautions while storing olive oil for long-term use. Always store it in a cool and dark place as it prevents formation of cell-damaging free radicals. Storing this oil in a refrigerator is the best option. You can store it in containers with tinted glass or stainless steel. Avoid using plastic containers for storage.
While cooking food in this oil, use very small quantity. For instant use, you can keep olive oil in a ceramic jug with tight lid to keep air and light out. Remember, it solidifies, if it is put in a refrigerator, which makes it difficult to use for cooking. However, putting this oil at room temperature returns its smoothness and color.
You can use it for multiple purposes. Drizzle it over pasta, salads, and cooked vegetables to make healthy dishes. You can even add this oil as the fat in sauces, or use it as a substitute of butter. With regular use of olive oil, you can achieve your weight loss goals faster.
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