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Do you get enough Olive Oil in your Diet?

One of the things that I miss when travelling is olive oil. When in New Zealand I have a lot of it because it is the main constituent in the salad dressing I use. We don't buy our salad dressing but rather make it up out of cold pressed virgin olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, with oregano, fresh garlic, basil, mustard and ground black pepper.

I really love it... but, some people don't. I smother my salads with it and drink any left on the plate.

What it interesting is if I have been away for a few weeks such as I was during much of October, I really have a craving for it when I get back home! For the first few days I have a big salad once a day with plenty of my 'home brew'.

We all hear about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. I have no doubt that much of it is due to the high intake of Olive oil.

I notice that a new study has just come out in which the researchers have found that olive oil helps the health of the liver. That doesn't surprise me.

Depending where you live, it can be difficult to get quality fresh vegetables, but you can generally get the ingredients for making up the salad dressing that I mentioned. If you are one of these people who eat out a lot, make up the dressing and stick a bottle of it in your bag and pour it over your salad at the restaurant.

Of course if you eat out a lot, supplementation is really quite critical as it is impossible to get even your most basic nutritional needs met from restaurant meals.

To have a look at the article referring to the olive oil study about liver health please click here ( "Olive oil may protect against liver damage: Study" by


  • “Have you an opinion on Braggs Amino Acid instead of Soy sauce? As a fellow Cantabrian I get the Piko "on tap" virgin olive oil but just buy supermarket Balsamic. Is there a health benefit from a more expensive balsamic and/or a you a believer in apple cider vinegar (I usually drink some in hot water to start the day)? Cheers”

    zerka November 04 2010

  • “Dear Warren I would like to know what is your opinion about quinoa. Thank you.”

    Xtend-Life Expert November 11 2010

  • “I am new to olive oil and i like to have more of it in my diet. Can you advise which brand you use as what I have tried does not taste good but I know there are some really tasty ones but I need guidance.”

    sukhjitsingh November 04 2010

  • “I don’t need to read about the pro’s on Olive Oil, I am Greek and grew up with Olive oil. My family had every meal, dip our bread in the oil instead of butter. Many wonderful contributes to the product.”

    Mitch Alepoudakis November 07 2010

  • “How about your salad dressing recipe? :) Thanks. Lisa”

    lisa November 04 2010

  • “To Zerka: Hi Zerkaactually we often use Braggs Amino acid instead of Soy Sauce so it certainly is a good option. Is the Piko product Extra virgin oil? I suspect that it is. This is from the first pressing. With regard to apple cider vinegar I used to have a tablespoon of this a day but havent for a long time. I feel that because I use so much of my special salad dressing that I am getting my share of vinegar. I cant answer about the more expensive form of Balsamic vinegar as I dont do the shopping. Sometimes the supermarket brands can be as good but I would have a tendency to go with the more boutique types IF I have reason to believe that they are purer. To Alexander: Actually I don’t know anything about quinoa, but it looks interesting. Might see if I can buy some locally. Sorry I can’t give an opinion.”

    Warren Matthews November 11 2010

  • “Here is a link to Warren’s amazing salad dressing:”

    Josh W. November 06 2010

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