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My Next Step Towards Living Light!

A new stop on my journey to healthy living as well as veganism the choice of oil. Ghee or clarified butter is the commonest choice for Indians to add more taste to any dish that we prepare. There are a lot of health benefits indicated but I am still skeptical about them because of the way ghee is manufactured in factories these days.

The incident happened when my husband suddenly asked what oil is used in this dish when we were having pasta at a restaurant. He seemed to love the lightness and the mild flavor of it. He is not the kind of person who bothers much about the ingredients of the food he eats, but this time he could sense something good. It was none other than olive oil.

I was introduced to this one for skin care during my childhood but never saw it being used for food at home. It is a bit expensive, especially here in India but the price is definitely worth it. For me the key benefit is its lightness. It does not stick to the food like others and can be reused (reheated up to 3-4 times) without any negative effects.

There are numerous benefits of using olive oil for cooking. It is proved to be beneficial for avoiding bad cholesterol, blood pressure problems, cancer and in general work well against oxidative stress. My favorite reason is definitely the light feeling it leaves in my stomach. There are very few food choices that feel good in the mouth and also in the stomach, and olive oil is one of them.

 

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  1. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    I love cooking in Olive oil and mustard oil as well....it's far better thn other vegetable oils! Voted..
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  2. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Yes, you should try olive oil more! I love it, not only does it taste wonderful, but it is also very good for you.
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  3. kristo
    kristo
    votaroo! I know what you mean about the lightness in the stomach. Ghee can be so heavy :( Another healthy choice for raw veggies is avocado oil, (if you can find it...I cant find it here in Bali) but anyway, it is light and makes you feel full (but not gross) at the same time from an acid which tricks your brain into thinking that you ate a lot. I think it is called "oleic" acid.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      wow...I can hope to shed some kilos then!
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    2. Veganara
      Veganara
      I have just started using avocado oil, and I didn't know that about it, thanks Kristo! Yes, it is a great find, tastes great, very healthy,, and you can use it for cooking at high temperatures. I think oleic acid is also in olive oil. Avocado oil is expensive here though, so I can't indulge in it too often!
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      1. Shabs Online
        Shabs Online
        Avocado oil..Wow Kristo, after smoothie, its oil now...hehe..yea Maggie, I've always been concerned about trans-fats that we indulge cooking our food into, that happens coz of over n over boiling of the oil...and you say this one's fine to go with in that aspect too....I must look for it, though am not very hopeful that I would find it here!
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  4. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Thanks all for reading :)
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  5. Veggie
    I love cooking with olive oil for its lightness and great added flavor. I never thought of it in terms of skin care,....I will have to check into that! If you get a chance, please check out my "chickpea" post and vote if you like it! Thank you!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      I already checked it out Veggie!
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  6. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Great blog and the facts are right on! We need the fats coming from olive oil for sustained energy. Our bodies packs them for survival.
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  7. SnakeWitch
    I totally agree. And doctors will tell you that this is a much healthier option, too! Voted! Come read my new post, Pets We Love, when you have the chance!
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  8. Nitmat
    Understand that Olive Oil is a healthier cooking alternative, but equally prohibitively expensive! Do you know the cheaper source of Olive Oil, from where all your readers can actually benefit?
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Firstly, it is worth the price. Secondly, it sticks less to the food so lasts longer. Thirdly, healthy diet may appear to cost more upfront but saves a lot of costs like medication and therapy, without the added inconveniences. I buy it at discounted price too.
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