Olive Oil is an amazing fruit juice. Yes technically it is a fruit juice as the olives themselves are classed as fruits. The health benefits of Olive Oil are now well documented. Because it is so high in monounsaturated fats it can be of real benefit to aid lowering your cholesterol levels. I plays a part in keeping your heart, intestines, joints and even your skin healthy.
It is recommended we try to consume a little Olive Oil every day to get the full benefits. Once we have bought our hopefully Extra Virgin Olive Oil we must ensure we care for the oil. The problem with buying it is that it often comes in clear glass bottles. This is far from ideal as Olive Oil will begin to break down if exposed to light or heat. Always try to buy oil that comes in a tinted bottle to help it last longer.
Many of us would keep the bottle of Olive Oil handy on the worktop for ease of use but it really should be kept in a cool dark cupboard if at all possible. Another alternative is to decant the oil into an opaque vessel such as a stainless steel container or a very opaque glass bottle. Keeping your oil away from the light will keep it in perfect condition for many weeks or months longer than if it is exposed to the light in our kitchens.
So to reap the full health benefits of our Olive Oil always keep your oil away from the light and any strong sources of heat and try to buy a bottle that is at the very least darkly tinted.
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