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A Tip for Finding Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Created on 10/12/2012

Extra virgin olive oil rocks.

No, really - it tastes good on its own, adds flavor to breads and pastas, is a good option for cooking - AND it can be a healthy addition to your diet.

But how do you identify a good brand of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) when there are so many available?

One helpful hint - taste a few varieties over time (buying small bottles at first) and see if you can find one that offers a little bit of a peppery taste at the back of your throat when ingested.

That sensation is due to a compound called oleocanthal, a type of phenol that is present in high quality EVOO.

Why bother?

Well, you know that the Mediterranean diet is good for you - it's anti-inflammatory in nature, helps prevent heart disease, stroke, depression and more. And it is a very satisfying way to eat.

And EVOO is a big part of the Mediterranean diet.

And high quality EVOO that contains oleocanthal can add a little more in the way of both taste and health benefits.

Oleocanthal is an anti-inflamatory compound that has been likened to ibuprofen. It can help reduce inflammation, and in EVOO tastes WAY better than ibuprofen.

EVOO can be a very good addition to your diet. And the few pennies you pay for higher quality EVOO may go a long way toward helping you optimize your health.

And it tastes good, too.

Enjoy, and be well.
Dr. Russ
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