To me, the olive oil has always been the heart of the Mediterranean kitchen. I am perhaps more or less obsessed in my ambition to enlighten the Swedes and make them see the advantages. But when I came to Sweden in the 1960s, olive oil was only sold as a form of stomach medicine in the pharmacies, so the quest is far from finished! More people need to discover things like olive oil being the only type of fat in the world that can be called healthy, regulated by both the European and American Food Standards Agency.
That is largely because olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat as well as polyphenols, an extra potent antioxidant that for instance inhibit inflammations in the human body and have a positive effect on blood lipids. Right now there are intense scientific research all around the world on the effect polyphenols have on one's health and I am impatiently waiting for even more reports to confirm what I already know - namely that olive oil moisturises the body from the inside in the best way possible.
I personally spice up my breakfast every day with a glug of olive oil and considering how healthy and vital I am for my age, it has to contain a touch of magic. As a result, my well-being has become my driving force, and I wish everyone the same good health!