What is Olive Oil:
How is Olive Oil Made:
The process of making it is easy. To get oil from olives, you can press them, but modern methods involve crushing the olives, mixing them, and then using a centrifuge to separate the oil from the pulp.
Small amounts of oil are left after centrifugation. The oil that is left over can be taken out with chemical solvents. This oil is called olive pomace oil.
Types of Olive Oil:
There are different grades of olive oil, which vary in how much processing they go through and how healthy they are.
There are three main types of olive oil:
- refined olive oil
- virgin olive oil
- extra virgin olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil is the type that has been processed the least and is often thought to be the healthiest. It is extracted using natural methods and standardized for purity and certain sensory qualities, such as taste and smell.
Extra virgin olive oil has a unique taste and smell and is full of disease-fighting antioxidants. It has also been linked to a wide range of possible health benefits.
Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Oil:
Olive oil has mostly been looked at for how it affects the health of the heart, but it has also been linked to a number of other health benefits.
Helps Cancer Patients:
Studies have shown that people who live in Mediterranean countries have a low chance of getting cancer. This may be because they eat a lot of anti-inflammatory foods, like olive oil.
Free radicals, which are harmful molecules, can cause oxidative damage that can lead to cancer. But extra virgin olive oil has a lot of antioxidants that protect cells from damage caused by oxygen.
Oleic acid in particular is very resistant to oxidation, and some test-tube studies have shown that it slows the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Olive Oil and Alzheimer’s:
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common disease that destroys nerve cells and a leading cause of dementia around the world.
Beta-amyloid plaques, which are made of proteins, build up in certain neurons in the brain. This is one sign of Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies on animals have shown that extra virgin olive oil and some of the compounds it has could help keep the brain working by stopping these proteins from building up.