DID YOU KNOW? It’s good to be picky when it comes to choosing olive oil. Olive oil is a great healthy fat source, high in a monounsaturated fat known as oleic acid. It contains large amounts of anti-inflammatory properties, aiding in reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol, and reducing blood pressure. However, in order to ensure you are getting these benefits, it’s important to make sure you are using the correct source. Olive oil is made by extracting oil from crushed olives using a press. The term “virgin” olive oil means the oil has been extracted by this process only. “Extra virgin” means it meets standards for purity, taste, and smell. Other methods to making olive oil use high heat and chemicals to remove the oil. This is labeled as “refined” or “light”. Although this process neutralizes the bad taste, it allows for lower quality olives or additional oils to be used. Choose extra-virgin unrefined olive oil for a guaranteed high-quality source! Make sure you store your olive oil in a dark cool space to prevent oxidation and preserve the quality of the oil.