We always hear that olive oil is great for us, but the type of olive oil you use can make a big difference.

If you want the healthiest and least processed olive oil, extra virgin olive oil is the way to go. It offers good fatty acids and antioxidants. Yet, even though olive oil is healthy, it is still high in calories. One tablespoon is more than 120 calories, so we should still use it sparingly. 

It is a big ingredient in almost every household, but not everyone is using it to its maximum potential. In addition to cooking and salad dressing, there are many other great uses for olive oil.

Here are five tips on how to buy and use it.

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    Only Buy Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed olive oil you can find. As a result, it holds maximum flavor and health benefits too! Extra virgin olive oil has great fatty acids and antioxidants as well.

  • 2

    Never Buy a Clear Bottle

    Light, heat, and air all have negative effects on olive oil. Try to purchase olive oil stored in a dark, tinted bottle. If the option is available, olive oil holds its flavor and nutrients best in a metal tin.

     

     

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    Check the Harvest Date

    As is true with most food, the expiration date is important, but not nearly as important as the harvest date! The best brands of olive oil will have the harvest date listed. Olive oil is usually good for 2-3 years after harvest.

     

     

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    Use It Often

    There are several ways you can use olive oil. It can be used to cook, garnish, marinade, and more. Did you know that olive oil, honey, and a beaten egg can make a great face mask? It is also great to use to moisturize skin.

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    Do NOT Buy in Bulk

    Although buying a lot of olive oil at once can get you the best deal, it is important to maintain freshness.  Once the jar is open, it is best to use it within 6 weeks. The maximum amount of time to have the bottle open before finishing it is 3 months.