Olive oil is essential in Mediterranean cuisine.

Olive oil is essential in Mediterranean cuisine.

Spanish olive oil is top shelf in quality and versatility. I know because I grew up drinking the stuff. We use it for everything: in savory dishes, sweet confections, fried food, baby food…anything at all.

It turns out that, from the nutritional standpoint, it is not such a bad idea: olive oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fats that help lower your risk of heart disease by improving certain risk factors. Known by the funny acronym of MUFAs, these fats have been found to lower your total cholesterol and your damaging “bad” LDL in particular.

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