Here is a link to a Dr. Oz video segment on olive oil for health and beauty.
Dr. Oz cheerily/maniacally gives a lesson in the use of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) for protecting our bodies against the build up of arterial plaque. His demonstration using plastic tubing, beads, and olive oil could lead anyone to deduce that any oil will work to wash away those nasty little plaque beads stuck to the interior of our personal plastic tubes – not so. It’s the miracle of chemical reactions that does this, but hey it’s a nifty science fair project.
From a personal testimonial standpoint I wish I could say that I stopped taking my cholesterol meds while following some great olive oil diet, but I can’t. I eat extra virgin olive oil on everything and I mean everything, but I am also predisposed to high cholesterol (thanks Mom’s side of the family), and I do not watch what I eat. Perhaps the French would call me a gourmand: a person who loves good food and eats too much of it. Please don’t mistake this word with gourmet or Brother Richard will throw an eraser at you. In case you are wondering, Brother Richard aka Frere Richard was my high school French teacher – rest his soul.
I can, however, testify to the beneficial use of extra virgin olive oil for shaving my legs (so smooth) and to using evoo in my hair (after washing – so smooth). Olive oil is the best.
May the sun shine through your branches.