Is your kitchen stocked with olive oil? Celebrity Chef and talk show host Rachael Ray coined the phrase “E-V-O-O” when referring to Extra Virgin Olive Oil in her recipes. As Festival Dietitians, we love using EVOO and are sharing 7 things you should know about this week’s pick, Essential Everyday® Extra Virgin Olive Oil! 7 Things to Know About Olive Oil
- Olive oil is packed with heart healthy fats and antioxidants. Consuming olive oil may help prevent heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.
- There are two main types of olive oil: virgin and refined. Extra virgin and virgin olive oil is simply made by crushing olives, so it has more nutrients than the refined varieties. Refined varieties include “olive oil,” “pure” and “light,” which means they are made using heat and chemicals. Refined olive oil is still super nutritious!
- EVOO is the highest quality of olive oil because it’s the most fragrant and flavorful. It has a strong aroma of olives and bitter taste.
- “Light” olive oil is best for baking because it goes through a filtration process, producing a lighter-colored oil that lacks the classic olive flavor.
- EVOO is a great substitute for butter and other cooking oils. You can substitute the same amount of olive oil as the recipe calls for other cooking oils and use ¾ tablespoon of olive oil for each tablespoon of butter. It’s perfectly stable for temperatures up to 420°F.
- Olive oil does not get better with age. You can keep an unopened bottle in a cool, dark place for a year or more. Once you open it, use it within a month or two. Store it away from light and heat.
- Olive oil binds with the flavors of food and creates a delicious taste profile. EVOO has been a miracle ingredient for chefs throughout the world!
What’s your favorite way to use EVOO? We’d love to hear from YOU! Nutritional Information for 1 Tbsp.: Calories 120 Total Fat 14g (Saturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g) Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 0mg Total Carbohydrate 0g Protein 0g Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 0% Disclaimer: We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival Foods locations.
Lauren Lindsley is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the state of WI.