What is extra-virgin olive oil?
Oil that’s collected from the fruit of olive trees. It’s typically golden-green in color with a distinct olive flavor.
What does ‘extra-virgin’ mean?
It means that it’s unrefined; hasn’t been treated with chemicals or altered by temperature to remove flaws from the oil.
Why is extra-virgin olive oil good for me?
It’s biggest claim to fame is its high amounts of monounsaturated fats, which are healthy fats that are known to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Also, due to it’s pure, unrefined nature, extra-virgin olive oil also contains polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help prevent your cells from damage and are anti-inflammatory.
How is extra-virgin olive oil made?
The olives are crushed into a paste and the oil is physically extracted from this paste without the use of chemicals or excessive heat.
What kind of extra-virgin olive oil should I buy?
A brand that has the only ingredient being ‘extra-virgin olive oil’. I always buy Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2L (2QT 3.6 fl. oz)