This article appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of Texoma Living!.
by Krista Lowrey
Olive oil is not only a light and delicate addition to many wonderful dishes, it also is one of the most health-promoting types of oils available. Kathleen Hagan, creator of Olive Oil de Fino, a locally-made infused olive oil, says that if one is going to cook with oil, olive oil is the only way to go.
“It helps lower the levels of bad cholesterol, the LDL, and helps maintain the healthful levels of the good cholesterol, the HDL,” Hagan said. “That good cholesterol acts as a preventative for cardiovascular illness. It also has more monounsaturated fatty acids than any other natural oil.” Extra virgin olive oil is also a source of vital omega-3 fatty acids. Of course, olive oil helps protect your heart and health only if it is part of an overall healthful diet.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, consuming about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil a day may reduce your risk of heart disease. Hagan suggests replacing other saturated fats with olive oil for healthier living. “I make popcorn with olive oil. You can put olive oil on potatoes instead of butter. You can marinate and grill fish with it, use it on salads, try cooking eggs in it in the morning. You can really replace butter with olive oil in most anything.”
Hagan started making Olive Oil de Fino, what she calls “Italian in a bottle,” four years ago in her own kitchen. This pure olive oil, seasoned with dried herbs, was such a success that she has since branched out to bottling and selling it at trade shows, retail stores and on the Internet. She fills each bottle by hand, and Olive Oil de Fino includes three of Hagan’s favorite recipes, a pasta dish, a brochette and a fresh Italian green salad. “Olive Oil de Fino makes it easy to put Italian into your life.”
Kathleen Hagan – Olive Oil de Fino
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