Olive oil is a staple in my kitchen and I always cook with it. If there is one item no one could take from my hands, while I see about my cooking that would be olive oil. I use it for about everything, which is why I am so attached to it. You may have heard to heating olive oil makes it lose its benefits, but this is not how things are. I will debunk this myth right away, but I want to start with the beginning. So, why am I using so much olive oil in my home cooking?
Do I need say more? It has been all over the news during recent years, you cannot open a medicine website without finding that olive oil is good for your body and especially your heart, and so on. But, while risking to repeat the same thing that others, before me, have said plenty of times, this is the truth and nothing but the truth. Olive oil is great for one’s health, and that is why I cook with it. Heart diseases, diabetes, even strokes and some types of cancer are prevented by regular consumption of olive oil.
It has no odor, yet it has great flavor
There are other types of oil that are used in home cooking, but I am not crazy about them for a simple reason: this oil is odorless and I do not have to worry that it will compromise the smell of my dish. This is not something you can say about other oils used in cooking. And I do not use olive oil just for salads, although, I bet, that’s the first thing that came to your mind. Olive oil lends great flavor to any dish. I usually fry fish in olive oil, because it enhances the flavors of all the herbs I use in my dishes. Baking cakes with olive oils is indicated and highly recommended and I don’t even use any other kind of cooking oil for my desserts.
One debate I often hear about olive oil is that it should not be used in cooking, because heating it up would make it lose its benefits. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some say that heating up the olive oil will transform the healthy fats making them unhealthy, but this is nothing but a bag of lies. Of course, if your oil is heated up to the point of turning into smoke, it is not a good idea to use it. Keep this in mind: by heating, oil loses its water and esters, and never its benefits. Just use a cheaper one for frying, and keep the good one for salads and such.