It never fails. After the New Year hits everyone scrambles to eat better, work out more, and shed that Christmas-indulgence weight. For me, it typically continues on into the spring and I find myself eating lighter more healthful meals and moving a lot more.
One way to change up the fat-laden holiday habits is to put away the tub of margarine or the stick of butter and reach for olive oil instead. The light fruity flavor of olive oil can transform a dish into something extraordinary in no time flat and is far better for you than butter.
This month I am participating in the Kitchen PLAY Sidecar Series for the International Olive Council (IOC) where I have been learning all of the health benefits of olives and olive oil. According to a recent report from the IOC: Consumers are increasingly seeking to incorporate foods into their diets that can help boost or maintain health, as well as help prevent some diseases.
That includes me! Most of you know how passionate I am about cancer and cancer prevention. So I was pleased to learn that olives and olive oil can also help prevent cancer of the colon, breast and prostate:
“The oleic acid in olive oil has been found to be particularly effective against breast, colon and prostate cancer. Eating a Mediterranean Diet could prevent up to 25 percent of colon; 15 percent of breast; and 10 percent of prostate, pancreas and endometrial cancers.”
It makes sense to reach for the olive oil, doesn’t it? I know I sure will be.
If you’d like to stay up to date on what the International Olive Council is doing, here are some ways to do that.