Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Olive Oil

We've been giving our son organic olive oil since he was around one year old, initially to provide him with some healthy calories since he was mainly eating, and continues to mainly eat organic baby food and some pureed table food. Much of the following information is taken from the book Brain-Building Nutrition.

Olive oil is high in the Omega-9 fatty acid oleic acid and rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Organic cold-pressed virgin or extra virgin olive oil is preferred. It has also been shown to elevate HDL "good" cholesterol, which might have an important affect on preserving brain function. In terms of overall health value, olive oil is one of the most important.

Fatty acid content:
Omega-6 = 8 percent
Omega-9 = 82 percent

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