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The History of Olive Oil

 

The dressing makes the salad.  

I stand by that statement.  

For our keto household, we use high quality, extra virgin olive oil as our base. It is so delicious, and such a great source of fat. And as I was sitting at the dinner table tonight, with a big plate of salad in front of me, I wondered where all my food came from. Do you ever question where your food comes from? Here is what I dug up about one of our favorite fats, OLIVE OIL! 

Archeological evidence shows that olive oil was first processed in 6000 BC. From 6000 BC thru 1500 BC, olives were being grown in Palestine, Israel, Crete, and all along the MediterraneanDid you know that there are some olive trees that have been alive for 2,000 years! One of them is located on the island of Crete, and still produces olives to this day.    

In 2600 BC, olive oil became an important trade item, representing wealth and status, because of its many uses. It was used in oil lamps, as cosmetics, and for sustenance. The Egyptians used olive oil as a facial cleanser and moisturizer.  

Olive oil was a major export for the ancient Greeks. In fact, the city of Athens derived its name out of respect for the goddess Athena, who is associated with the olive tree. The Greeks and Spartans, along with eating olive oil, would rub it all over themselves while they exercised. It was also used during massages, for sports injuries, for fatigued muscles, and to combat lactic acid buildup.   

Olive oil has been a part of many religious practices as well. In the Jewish faith, only olive oil can be used to light the Menorah in the Mishkan service. The Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches use olive oil to bless those who are sick, or give strength to those who are preparing to be baptized.  

So give olive oil a try if you haven't already!

Always make sure to buy Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as it is less processed, so it retains its nutritional benefits much better. And unfortunately, much of the olive oil you see at the grocery store is contaminated with other oils, such as soybean oil. Click here to see a list of the best olive oils you can find in your grocery store. 

My favorite brand is Kasandrinos because they are transparent about the quality of their keto olive oil. Click here to see their actual 2016 Chemical Analysis! 

Enjoy!

Samantha Stephenson, Primal Health Coach, ACE Certified Personal Trainer 

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