Olive oil is a type of fat produced by pressing olives. It can be used cold, as part of a salad dressing or on a bruschetta, or for frying and baking. The country that produces the most olive oil is Spain. Italy and Greece also produce and consume high amounts of olive oil. The oil is also becoming increasingly popular in North America and Northern Europe. The history of olives is said to date back as far as to the 8th millennium BC.
The health benefits of olive oil
Olive oil is linked to a lower risk of heart disease thanks the high amount of monounsaturated fats it contains. In some studies, it is also linked to a lower chance of cancer and mortality in general. In any case, olive oil is healthier than many other types of fat and this makes it one of my preferred oils for frying, baking and dressings.