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X-tra Virgin Olive Oil

April 28, 2020

“I yam what I yam an’ that’s all I yam,” says Popeye.

“He’s a man alright. It he wasn’t such a funny looking thing, I’d give him a kiss,” says Olive Oyl.

Extra virgin olive oil:

  • May increase blood levels of serotonin, a hormone associated with satiety
  • Is loaded with polyphenols, antioxidants that help battle many diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis and brain deterioration
  • Is an outstanding source of monounsaturated fats. When used in moderation, it may cut the risk of heart disease.
  • Contains a modest amount of vitamins E and K
  • Contains oleic acid and oleocanthal, two nutrients that can fight inflammation
  • May help prevent unwanted blood clotting.


Use this more expensive oil to dress salads, vegetables and cooked dishes.

I live it up! I use olive oil for almost all my pan frying. Veggies, chicken, fish. The only exception for me is eggs (butter is better). Do you distinguish between olive oil types?

*These posts, written ahead of time, were scheduled on March 22 to post on the appropriate date. There is great uncertainty as to what life will be like at the time they are being read.*

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  1. I like the green olive oil. Is that better than the lighter oil?

  2. I usually buy the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and recently, I looked up a recipe for an oil and vinegar dressing. The dressing turned out great and I LOVE it way better than the store made dressings.

      • I had found the recipe online. So you may prefer to research there too. I didn’t remember the exact recipe, but this is what I found: 1/2 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/2 C Balsamic Vinegar, and the recipe called for 1 tsp. of mustard, but I use Dijon mustard and 1 tsp wasn’t enough so I added about 3 tsps. of Dijon, then garlic, salt and pepper to taste and SHAKE really well!!!

      • Thanks! And thanks for regularly coming by and commenting. While in shelter with limited internet (and an injured finger), I look forward to seeing these comments!

  3. I like olive oil, all of them 😉
    X is for…

  4. I love olive oil of all persuasions. It smokes at a lower temp than other cooking oil, e.g. canola, so sometimes I saute with a mixture. As far as salads, pasta, coating potatoes or other veggies being roasted or baked in the oven, olive oil all the way. Popeye and Olive were meant for each other (spinach and olive oil)!

  5. Olive oil is the best, the more virgin the better. I’ve heard that it’s not to be used for cooking? And also to be stored in dark bottles. But salads, vegetables slathered with a good fruity olive oil is the best …

  6. I’m not sure I’ve ever purchased any olive oil that wasn’t extra virgin, and I use it a lot.

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