Recent research showed that soybean oil, the oil consumed by the largest group of people in the US, may cause genetic damage to mice brain, which may lead to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other diseases.
Healthy oil seems to be a must in daily life, but people don’t seem to have a clear idea about exactly which kinds of oil are good to health.
There are several olive oils typically available on US store shelves, including:
Extra virgin olive oil (this is a kind of superfood that can really help you).
Olive oil, also sometimes known as pure olive oil.
Extra light olive oil.
What is extra virgin olive oil
There are five or six grades of olive oil, depending on different standards by different organizations. However one thing is clear: extra virgin is the highest grade and the highest quality among all grades of olive oil.
It's important to keep in mind that just because a product is labeled as extra virgin olive oil doesn't mean it is. Many products labeled as extra virgin olive oil in retail stores do not meet the definition of that grade of oil, because the federal government doesn't closely regulate claims of what extra virgin olive oil is.
How to find extra virgin olive oil
Buy online, directly from the producer if possible. If you buy olive oil directly from who makes it, you are more likely to have an assurance of attention to quality.
Shop at specialty stores. Your chances of finding high-quality extra virgin olive oil are best if you shop at a boutique store that takes food, including olive oil, seriously. Ethnic markets and gourmet stores or well-curated grocery outlets can be good bets.
Health benefits of extra virgin olive oil
Research suggests that phenols provide an array of health benefits, including:
Decreased blood pressure.
Higher levels of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL (good) cholesterol.
Improved HDL function.
More efficient use of insulin to better store glucose.
Improved heart health.
Extra virgin olive oil may treat dementia. See this link: