The Messenger (Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam) said: “Eat olive oil and anoint yourselves with it, for it is from a blessed tree.” (Tirmidhi At’ima, 43)
Evidence suggests that olive and olive oil consumption as part of a healthy Mediterranean diet has cancer-protective properties. Research also found that active ingredients in olive oil prevented human colon cancer cells from multiplying.
High Blood Pressure
A study published in 2007 in the Journal of Nutrition found that introducing moderate consumption of olive oil in the diet reduced systolic blood pressure.
Olive Oil Facts
For the highest antioxidant content, choose extra-virgin or virgin olive oil- these are the least processed forms.
Extra-virgin comes from the first pressing of the olives and has a superior taste.
Virgin olive oil is obtained by pressing the crushed fruit in bags and removing the oil. It has a geeenish tint and has a stronger taste than virgin olive oil.
Olive oils with labels such as ‘refined oil’ ‘pomace olive oil’ or ‘light oil’ should be avoided as they are not always 100% olive oil.
Pomace is the ground flesh and pits after pressing.
Use olive oil for low-temperature cooking. The particles in the oil will burn at higher temperatures, thus burning off the many health benefits.
Store your olive oil away from heat and light to maintain phytochemical content.