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Olive Oil vs Coconut Oil

 

Whats the difference and which one is better for you??

In the 90′s there was no question that Extra Virgin Olive Oil was the healthiest of oils.  Second best was Canola Oil which was certainly better than Coconut Oil which was the evil but delicious oil that made movie theater popcorn so yummy.

But in the last few years I started hearing about how healthy coconut oil is.  Could this be true?  It is filled with saturated fat which is the bad fat right?  I also discovered avocado oil, sunflower oil and fish oil.  Fad diets have gone from low fat to Atkins to the current Paleo trend.  With it our perception of oils and fats has changed significantly.

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So what’s the truth?

A quick review of nutrition and you’ll remember all foods are either carbohydrates, proteins or fats.  Fats are made from fatty acids and glycerol.  The body needs fatty acids to make hormones and other chemicals our bodies need.  The body can make some fatty acids but there are some such as Linolenic and Linoleic fatty acids that your body cannot make and you must consume in your diet.   You also need fat to digest the fat soluble vitamins.

So lets be fair, fat is not evil.  You need some fat in your diet; most nutritionists recommend that about 30% of your calories come from fat.  But there are different kinds of fat.  “Saturated” refers to the number of hydrogen atoms in a molecule of fat.  Most oils are a combination of the different types of fats.

      • Mono-unsaturated Fats could contain one more hydrogen atom.  They are liquid at room temperature and have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol.  Canola, Olive and Peanut Oils are examples of mostly monounsaturated fats.
        • Poly-unsaturated Fats could contain two or more hydrogen atoms.  They are liquid at room temperature and have been shown to reduce cholesterol.  Seafood and vegetable oils have high amounts of polyunsaturated fats.  Omega-6 and Omega-3 are the two main types of polyunsaturated fats and they are made from two main essential fatty acids Linoleic Acid and Linolenic Acid.  These we must eat, the body is unable to build these.
              • Linoleic Acid is needed to build omega-6 fatty acids.
              • Linolenic Acid is needed to build omega-3 fatty acids.
        • Saturated fat is solid at room temperature, which is why it is also known as “solid fat.” Saturated fats contain as many hydrogen atoms as they can.  It is mostly in animal foods, such as milk, cheese, and meat.  It is also in coconut and palm oil.  Saturated fat raises cholesterol in the blood which can cause cardiovascular disease.  The thicker a fat is the more likely it is to be saturated.
      • Trans fats do not occur naturally in nature but are man made by “saturating” unsaturated fats by adding hydrogen to them.  Trans fats are generally accepted to be unhealthy and in fact are being removed from many products.  The most common is partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.Many studies conducted over years have shown that mono and poly unsaturated fats lower blood cholesterol and reduce risk for cardiovascular disease while saturated fats raise cholesterol and health risks.

Types of fat in common oils

Oil Saturated
fat %
Mono- unsaturated
fatty acid %
Poly- unsaturated
fatty acid %
linolenic
fatty acid %
linoleic
fatty acid %
Almond
8.2%
69.9%
17.4%
0.0%
17.4%
Brazilnut
24.4%
34.8%
36.4%
0.0%
36.0%
Butter
51.4%
21.0%
3.0%
0.0%
0.0%
Canola
7.1%
58.9%
29.6%
9.3%
20.3%
Cashew
19.8%
58.9%
16.9%
0.0%
16.5%
Cocoa Butter
59.7%
32.9%
3.0%
0.1%
2.8%
Coconut
86.5%
5.8%
1.8%
0.0%
1.8%
Corn
12.7%
24.2%
58.7%
0.7%
58.0%
Hazelnut
7.4%
78.0%
10.2%
0.0%
10.1%
Macadamia
15.0%
78.9%
1.7%
0.0%
1.7%
Olive
13.5%
73.7%
8.4%
0.6%
7.9%
Peanut
16.9%
46.2%
32.0%
0.0%
32.0%
Pecan
8.0%
62.3%
24.8%
1.0%
23.6%
Safflower
9.6%
12.6%
73.4%
0.2%
73.0%
Sesame
14.2%
39.7%
41.7%
0.3%
41.3%
Soybean
14.4%
23.3%
57.9%
6.8%
51.0%
Walnut
9.1%
22.8%
63.3%
10.4%
52.9%

*Data taken from  USDA Nutrient Database

So it seems pretty clear that Olive Oil is much heart healthier than Coconut Oil which is mostly saturated.  So why have I been hearing that coconut oil is healthy?  Even butter has less saturated fat than coconut oil. (Go Julia Child!)

It turns out that saturated fats can be divided into long chain fats and medium chain fats. Coconut oil is made mostly of a medium chain fatty acids called Lauric Acid.  There are early studies which show that although Lauric acid raises your bad cholesterol it also raises good cholesterol.  There are also small studies that concluded coconut oil aids in weight loss and helps memory in alzheimer patients.  The studies to date have not been rigorous and are not convincing.

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Olive Oil on the other hand has had many large and long studies concluding that Olive Oil is good for longevity, fights against cancer, prevents heart disease, slows down Alzheimers, protects bones and aids in weight loss.  And it’s delicious!

I believe moderation and balance is the key to a healthy life.  A variety of different oils and unprocessed foods should be eaten to provide the body with the wide range of nutrients and fuel it needs.  Years of evidence points to high quality, fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil having lots of health benefits.  So while coconut oil is occasionally delicious, you’ll still find Olive Oil on our table as our staple oil.

 

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12 Amazing DIY Beauty Uses For Olive Oil

Olive oil is for more than just cooking. There are hundreds of uses for olive oil outside of the kitchen. Real, pure, extra-virgin olive oil is rich in squalene, a natural emollient that is great for your nails, lips, hair, and skin. EVOO is also packed with Vitamins A & E, and polyphenols, which you might recognize from your favorite, expensive beauty products.

Not only does olive oil work, it’s also cheaper than what the big brands are selling you and it’s also free of potentially harmful chemicals. Why would you want to use a product with ingredients you can’t pronounce when you have a natural alternative that works just as well?

  1. Pre-shampoo Hair TreatmentOlive oil is full of the vitamins and minerals that your hair needs to be shiny and smooth. For the full effect, warm up the oil ahead of time to where it’s warm to the touch, but not hot. Then, apply it generously to your hair and scalp, leaving it in for 10-20 minutes. If you want to increase the effect, cover your head in a plastic bag and a towel to keep the moisture in while you wait. After that, shampoo it out and you’ll be left with shinier hair and fewer split ends.

  2. Remove Paint From Hair: If you’ve ever painted a room in your house, you know that the paint is just as likely to get in your hair as on the walls. But, instead of cutting out the paint or washing your hair for hours, just use olive oil. Take a cotton ball, dip it in olive oil, and gently rub it into your hair. Slowly, the paint will come off naturally, no scrubbing or scissors required.

  3. Makeup Remover: Olive oil can remove your makeup and moisturize your skin at the same time. Take a regular cotton pad and dab it in some olive oil. Then, just wipe the makeup off your face like you’d normally do. If you are wearing heavy amounts of makeup, olive oil is there for you too. Just massage the oil into your face, then wipe it off with a washcloth saturated with warm water. Repeat a couple of times if necessary and remember to be gentle, never treat your skin harshly. You can also use olive oil as a gentle eye makeup remover; it will easily remove even the waterproof makeup.

  4. Makeup Brush Cleaner: Women should clean their makeup brushes monthly. This helps get rid of leftover, dried product and is also sanitary. Mix together two parts antibacterial soap with one part olive oil, then use the mixture like regular soap. The added olive oil will keep your brushes from drying out, extending their life and saving you money.

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    Acne Medication: Keep an open mind with this one. Normally, to clear up acne you’re trying to wash oil from your face, not put oil on your face. But, trust us, this works. Make a paste by mixing four tablespoons salt with three tablespoons olive oil. Pour the mixture onto your hands and fingers and scrub it on your face. Leave it on for a minute or two, then rinse it off with warm, soapy water. Do this daily for one week, then cut back to two or three times weekly. You should see a noticeable improvement in your acne.

  6. Lip Scrub: This one is perfect for those who suffer from dry and cracked lips. Mix together coarse sugar with a teaspoon of olive oil and apply it to your lips. You can also add a splash of lemon juice for added flavor and acidic exfoliating properties. The sugar will do the scrubbing while the olive oil will add vitamin A & D and moisturize.

  7. Nail Strengthener: Vitamins A & D are good for your nails. Soak your fingers or toes in a  warm olive oil bath for just five or 10 minutes to make your nails stronger. Do this treatment once or twice a week and enjoy strong, shiny and healthy nails!

  8. Shaving CreamThis happens more often than you might think. If you, or your husband/wife, runs out of shaving cream, no need to run to Walgreens with wet hair, just take a walk to the kitchen. Slather legs with olive oil before applying the blade and you’ll ward off razor burn and bumps with the help of this natural lubricant.

  9. Ear Wax Remedy: No need to stab yourself with cue tips every morning. If you have ear wax keeping you from hearing or just annoying you, the answer is actually really simple and easy. Putting a few drops in your ears before you go to bed for three or four consecutive nights will loosen up the wax, helping it come out on its own.

  10. Dry Skin Repair: Olive oil has everything you need to fix that dry, cracked, painful skin. For cracked heels, apply the olive oil after you exfoliate with a pumice stone. Remember to put on a pair of socks afterward to lock in the hydration. Olive oil won’t just fix your feet, it can also help heal eczema. Just apply the olive oil regularly to slowly stop your dry skin in its tracks.

  11. Diaper Rash: Your little one is going to live this. Because olive oil is completely natural, with no additives or chemicals, it’s perfectly safe to use on babies. Just apply it to the sensitive skin on a baby’s bottom and as a moisturizing remedy for cradle cap too.

  12. Antibacterial Balm: Before Neosporin and other antibiotics, there was olive oil. This all-natural remedy is as simple as mixing antibacterial olive oil along with lavender, calendula, and tea tree oil to ward off germs and scarring.

There are dozens more possible uses for olive oil in your daily beauty routine. How do you use olive oil outside of the kitchen? Let us know via our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.

Don’t Risk Counterfeit Olive Oil – Buy 100% Single Source

 

The olive oil in your kitchen right now is most likely a scam.

In fact, fraudulent olive oil is something that has been a problem for a long time. A 2010 study by UC Davis researchers found that 69 percent of the imported olive oils they sampled are not the top-grade “extra virgin” oils that their labels claim they are. Simply put, they failed the test. And the counterfeit olive oil troubles are still happening.

EVOO test results

What this means for you is that the “extra virgin” olive oil in your cabinet right now might be mixed with lower-grade olive oil, or diluted with different oils such as vegetable or sunflower. Additionally, the olives might not have even been grown or processed in the country listed on the label. Many “Italian” olive oils are actually made from olives grown and processed in Tunisia, then shipped to Italy for dilution with lower quality oils and bottling.

The entire counterfeit process that has lead you to unknowingly buy substandard olive oil was beautifully broken down by the New York Times.

EVOO NYT

The fact is that pure extra virgin olive oil tastes better. Real, honest extra virgin olive oil is better in any kitchen because of how it cooks, how it finishes dishes, and how its smoking point is more reliable. While there is progress in using technology to find out exactly which brands of olive oil are pure, the reality is that few people are going to read the reports of each individual brand before making a purchase. The solution is to find an olive oil brand that you can trust to sell you real, single source, pure, extra virgin olive oil.

At Mediterranean Drizzles, we’re proud to say that we import ONLY 100% single source Tunisian extra virgin olive oil. We import our oil directly from Tunisia, allowing us to know where the olives were grown, how they were processed, and to rule out the possibility that it was tampered with.

Each shipment we get comes directly from Tunisia, anything less wouldn’t be acceptable. We know that quality is paramount in the minds of our customers. With that in mind, we wanted to remind everyone that we’re dedicated to providing real, honest, single source, 100% extra virgin olive oil to you. At Mediterranean Drizzles, we’re willing to put our olive oil up to any test, be it in the lab or on your tongue, to prove the quality of what we put in every bottle.

3 goals a closing gift should always achieve

With so many options to choose from these days, it can be tricky to find the right
closing gift to give your client. From knives to candles to doormats… choices are unlimited. But the question is, does it meet the main 3 goals of a closing gift?

  1. Useful: It’s a gift your client will actually use and not toss in the trash the moment you leave!
  2. Memorable: The client will remember you by it and their guest will notice it (and hence you).
  3. High Quality: It shows that you’ve went out of your way to get them something special.

Well we put some thoughts into it and came up with this brilliant idea :

Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil bottles and gift sets with Personalized Labels as Closing Gifts

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Our offering:

Premium Quality EVOO : Single source Olive Oil made exclusively from handpicked olives grown in the Mediterranean region.

Wide variety of unique label designs to choose from that would make the bottle stand out in your client’s cupboard. (Custom orders available).

Delicious : With 8 different flavors to choose from, we are confident you’ll find the right ones to please your client!

Personalized Olive Oil bottle offered by realtor

Personalized Olive Oil bottle

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