Not only is olive oil an amazing way to spruce up a salad and strengthen your nails (yeah, I do that too). It’s also a very difficult thing to get right. Do you go for a luxury brand on your salmon salad, which one is better for you? Is there an oil with a fuller flavour? – There are tonnes of questions and tonnes of answers to go with them.

Jamie’s Italian has recently published a guide for olive oil and a nice infographic for which may be best for you!

Why use olive oil?


Olive oil, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, is a major component of the Mediterranean diet. Populations from that region have longer life expectancies and lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, compared with North Americans and Northern Europeans.


Extra virgin olive oil helps with anti-ageing, osteoporosis and skin damage. “One that’s proven is that it adds a protective coating on the skin, both through consumption and application,” says Ravetti.

Reducing ageing and promoting organ function olive oil can be added to salads and dressings to improve health easily!


Since extra virgin olive oil assists in the prevention and/or reduced impact of so many diseases – including certain cancers – it’s no exaggeration to say it may even help you live longer. Not bad for something that’s also delicious. Says Body & Soul.


Whether you’re dressing up a salad or enjoying a balsamic and oil tasting with a crusty baguette. Choosing the right oil for the right occasion can be the make or break of your meal. I hope my super quick summary and introduction, of Jaime’s guide gives you an insight into the benefits and education of olive oil.

Sometimes it’s the small changes in our diet that can have a big impact!


Amy-May Hunt

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