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Once called ‘liquid gold’, olive oil should control sugar, read, how olive oil reached India

Highlights

The origin of the olive tree on Earth occurred about 6000 years ago.
Olive oil contains 126 calories and 14 percent fat.
UNESCO has included its tree in the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

What is the edible oil in the world, which is considered to be the most nutritious, as well as which is highly respected at the economic, social and cultural level. Only one name emerges in it, that is Olive Oil. This is such an oil that not only is very effective in protecting against heart diseases, it also plays a main role in controlling sugar. Keeps the mind healthy too. Olive oil was once called liquid gold. The special thing is that its trees are being grown in India in the 21st century, before that it was imported.

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The Greek poet Homer called it Liquid Gold

Olive is the only oil in the world, which is extracted from the fruit instead of the seed. When it became known thousands of years ago, it was only used as home lighting oil and in religious ceremonies. In ancient times, olives were considered a symbol of peace, wealth and fame. Olive oil is said to have played a special role in art, trade and economy during that period. Due to this feature, the Greek poet and thinker Homer (1000 BC) described it as liquid gold in his epic Iliad. At that time, olive branches were engraved on tombs and coins as a symbol of immortality in the Greek civilization. It also made a valuable perfume. For its characteristics and protection, UNESCO has included its tree in the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Along with this, every year on 26 November, ‘World Olive Tree Day’ has been declared in its honor.

UNESCO has included its tree in the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Originated in the Mediterranean Sea region 6000 years ago

References related to history show that the origin of the olive tree on Earth happened about 6000 years ago. In her research report, Professor Sushma Naithani of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology of Oregon State University in the US has declared the region around the Mediterranean Sea as the center of origin of olives. If we talk about more details, then its tree first grew in the island of Crete in Greece. For hundreds of years, its oil was used as cooking oil after the lighting of homes and religious rituals. Gradually, olive oil became famous among the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean region, the Phoenicians, the Greeks and the Romans, and at a very slow pace, made its place in the world, but wherever it went, olive and its oil received a lot of respect. Apart from being eaten in countries like Spain and France in the Middle Ages, it was also used to make soap, ointment, medicine. It reached America in the 16th century.

Its production started recently in India

Let us tell you that olive oil is being used in India for years, but then it was imported and its box was available only in cosmetics shops, that is, it was being used in cosmetic form, but for some years now. It is also being used for food. The reason for this is that its trees were grown in India only in the 21st century and then oil was prepared from its fruits. Olive production in India was started in the year 2007 in the Thar region of Rajasthan. Its plants were imported from Israel, because the climate there and the Thar region was similar. The production of its oil started in September 2013 and the first Indian made olive oil brand named Raj Oil was launched on 9 November 2016. Now it is grown in many areas and oil is being made. Now in India it is being used as an edible oil, but on a limited level, because its price is still very high compared to Indian oils. Money gives preference to olive oil.

Olive production in India was started in the year 2007 in the Thar region of Rajasthan.

Keeps heart and mind healthy

According to modern science, calories in a spoonful of olive oil are 126, fat is 14 percent and it is negligible in fat, carbohydrate, sugar etc. It is rich in antioxidants. It contains large amounts of polyphenols, a complex group of chemicals. Because of this, this oil controls cholesterol and BP, keeps the heart rate normal and gives strength to the brain. One of its major natural benefits is that it works against overweight and obesity, thereby reducing the risk of diabetes. Scientists claim that people who consume a diet made with olive oil have a lower risk of certain types of cancer, including cancer of the small intestine, stomach as well as upper digestive tract. Its consumption with fish is considered very beneficial.

This oil controls cholesterol and BP.

Ayurveda considered better for arthritis and joint pain

Ayurveda also considers olive oil to be beneficial for the body. well-known Ayurveda Doctor RP Parashar According to reports, olive oil is astringent in taste, but it quenches vata and pitta. Improves the digestive system, generates strength in the body, increases appetite and is beneficial in liver problems. It is considered beneficial for the eyes. The special thing is that its oil is also beneficial in joint pain and arthritis. Its consumption does not allow pus to enter the wounds. It also keeps the blood thin. Its oil contains up to 70 percent monounsaturated fatty acids, which help in reducing the accumulation of bad cholesterol in the blood, thereby keeping the heart healthy.

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Overeating can lead to obesity

Ayurveda Doctor RP Parashar clarified that adding olive oil to food does not mean that you are eating a healthy diet. If you want to get health benefits from this, then you will have to change the way you eat it. A lot of calories are found in its oil. If it is consumed in excess, then the problem of obesity can arise. Most people in the Mediterranean region are obese because they consume more of it in fish, mutton, red meat, salad etc. Its excessive consumption can cause headache. The pickle of its fruit can cause constipation. Overeating can also cause disturbance in sleep. If olive oil is consumed regularly but in a balanced amount, it is very beneficial for the body.

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