Everyone knows that olive oil is a key part of the Mediterranean diet. Some even believe that the Mediterranean diet is thought to reduce the risk of heart disease, but how did olive oil get such a name for itself and is it really good for our health?

For thousands of years, olive oil has been at the heart of the Mediterranean diet, and had been known as “liquid gold” and a great healer.

The exact origin of the olive tree is likely to have originated in ancient Persia and Mesopotamia, which spread towards Syria and Israel, where it was cultivated and later introduced to the Mediterranean.

However, some scholars believe that olive cultivation originated with the Ancient Egyptians as they have also been found in Egyptian tombs from 2,000 years BC.

Historically, olive oil has been used for many purposes from religious rituals, medicines, and oil lamps to soap-making and skin care products.

Nowadays, almost all olive oil is used in or for food, and from this, nutritionists believe those that eat it regularly are benefiting to better health. 

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