Try This: Olive That!

Try This: Olive That!

The Mediterranean Diet and the MIND Diet – which stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay – are styles of eating that have been shown to promote brain vitality, improve cognition and reduce the risk of dementia. Both dietary eating styles include many brain healthy superfoods packed with Omega-3s, healthy fats and antioxidants.

Olive oil is a significant part of the Mediterranean diet. Regularly eating foods associated with the Mediterranean style cuisine has been shown to increase brain vitality and reduce risk of memory loss. Olive oil, much like wine, varies widely in taste and color, aroma and flavor. Several names are used to differentiate all of these versions, but in general fine virgin oil and extra fine virgin oil are typically the best tasting and often eaten as a dip for bread or over roasted vegetables. 
TRY THIS: After discussing the value of the Mediterranean diet, set out a number of different olive oil tasting stations for our “Olive That!” tasting. Point out the different olive oils by name and have participants try the different oils using prepared pieces of bread or similar. After sampling each olive oil, as a group, share thoughts on the different tastings. Does one oil have a nutty flavor? Does it have hints of herbal or grassy overtones? How about the smell? Greek Olive Oil tends to pack a strong flavor and looks slightly green whereas other countries produce more mild paler olive oil. Continue to lead the discussion on which olive oil is the group’s favorite and ways to use the oils on your own. By the way, no one type of olive oil has been shown to be better for you than another. 

2019-04-26T10:26:51-04:00