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Italian Cuisine 101: Olive Oil

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Knowing one olive oil from another is a tough job, but vital to telling the good stuff from bad stuff.

Everyone knows that olive oil is a versatile Italian cuisine staple, but did you know that it is incredibly good for you? The health benefits of olive oil are vast, and incorporating it into your diet will go a long way toward making you happier and healthier. To learn more about all of the amazing benefits of olive oil and how to make sure you are getting olive oil of the best quality, read on.

The Life Saving Benefits Of Olive Oil

Olive oil’s health benefits even extend into the life saving. Olive oil has been found to be effective at preventing a number of conditions if eaten regularly over the long term. These include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and even Alzheimer’s.  

Not All Olive Oils Are Created Equal  

Producing extra virgin olive oil is an involved and difficult process and a lot can go wrong along the way. In fact, even most of the olive oil labelled this way at your local supermarket is not exactly actually extra virgin olive oil, if it ever was in the first place. So, how can you be sure that you are getting the real thing? The answer is simple. You have to know how to taste it.

How To Be An Olive Oil Tasting Expert

It may seem complicated like wine tasting, but knowing good olive oil from bad olive oil is quite simple. More and more cooking schools and online courses are being taught on the subject, but really all you have to do is know how to use your sense of smell. Real extra virgin olive oil will have the fragrance of olives. If you smell anything else, the olive oil is not good. If you smell anything musty, fruity, vinegar-like, or metallic, the olive oil is bad.

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