The Mediterranean diet has been studied for over 50 years. Certain Mediterranean eating patterns contribute to improved health outcomes. One of the first things that comes to mind when we think Mediterranean diet is olive oil--although olive oil is only one component of this eating style.
Extra virgin olive oil is a great source of monounsaturated fat, which, when replacing saturated fats in the diet, can help lower cholesterol. In addition, extra virgin olive oil is an ant-inflammatory agent and contains a variety of antioxidants.
Shopping for olive oil is rather difficult; after all, you can't really taste it by looking at it in the bottle. I can only tell you the ones I have tried and like, but my tastes and yours may be different. That is also the point: a good olive oil is like a good wine. If it tastes good to you, then it is good. There are a few basics to keep in mind, though.
There are different grades of Olive Oil. Good grades of olive oil are those that have not been refined, deodorized or furthered processed.
Kim’s quick picks: Note that I have certainly not tried all the olive oils available but these are moderately priced and I find them flavorful. Try different brands until you find one you like best.
Once you purchase olive oil, it is important to store it properly.