Sunday, January 15, 2006


Sales of Olive Oil in England have dramatically increased recently, as more and more Britons adopt a healthier diet. It's a far cry from years gone by when many people (including my grandparents!) fried everything in beef dripping, sending their cholesterol levels soaring! As people try to adapt a healthier lifestyle in the 21st century, we are now more conscious than ever about what we eat. As people rush home from work, quick meals are now the norm and what could be quicker and more healthier than a stir fried vegetable dish, especially when the oil used is olive oil. We could definitely learn a thing or two from the Mediterraneans who have been using this method of cooking for many years. Extra Virgin Olive Oil in particular has many health benefits. It helps to improve cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart attack. It also decrease the risk of developing certain types of cancer, like breast and colon cancer. Sounds like the Mediterraneans have the right idea.


CyberCelt said...

When I was young, we would use olive oil as a hair treatment. Mayonnaise, too.

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Jackie said...

Popping in from the Blog Village Health Carnival.

Yes I remember the days of beef lard. How I managed to eat things cooked in it I don't know.

I cannot live without olive oil. I use cold pressed extra virgin oil being the healthiest variety. I use it in my food, my bath, as a hair conditioner and on my face. Sophia Loren is living proof it works :)

Dirty Butter said...

I rendered beef fat one time a long time ago when we bought half a cow! It was messy work, but I'll admit that meat seared in its own kind of fat sure does taste good. But taste really isn't worth the heart attack, now is it?

We eat very little fried food, but when we do, we always, well almost always, use olive oil. There are times, though, when sauteing in butter is just the only way to go ;)

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Lynda Lippin said...

Olive oil had been pretty scarce and very expensive here in Turks & Caicos (a UK territory) until the past year. Local food is still fried in lard!

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Janey Loree said...

Great Health Post Naomi! I love olive oil and have been using it for years. Didn't know that I could use it for hair conditioner though! The last time I used mayo for was right before my brothers' wedding and I didn't get all of it out of my hair!!! It was awful...

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