You have read about the goodness of olive oil all the time and are probably wondering what all the fuss is about. Here is a complete lowdown on why you should use olive oil. For the Health Conscious… …here are the ways in which olive oil scores over other cooking oils. 1.It is rich in monounsaturated fat, which helps reduce the cholesterol and control cardiovascular diseases. 2.Olive oil is filled with flavour, so you don't need to add extra flavouring. This reduces the calories and total fat content of the dish prepared. 3.A tablespoon of olive oil contains 1.6 mg of vitamin E, which is 8% of the recommended daily allowance. 4.Olive oil has a high smoke point and doesn't degrade as quickly as other oils do on repeated heating. 5.Unlike other cooking oils, it is easy to digest, even after being re-heated and re-used. 6.Olive oil is especially good if you have a sensitive stomach. In fact, it has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. Recent research studies have revealed that olive oil also reduces the possibility of cancer. Too Much of a Good Thing No matter how many health benefits olive oil may have, it still has a high source of calories. While cooking, the recommended amount is just a couple of tablespoons depending on the quantity you are cooking. Olive oil should be used as a substitute for other fats or oils in your diet and not added to them. Use about 1-2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil in your salad dressings. So, even though you have to spend a few extra bucks on a bottle of olive oil, go ahead and add it to your shopping list... and get a jump start to good health!