How To Boost Your Health This Fall With The Mediterranean Diet
As we say goodbye to the flavours of summer and enjoy a long cosy hug from The Fall, it’s a great time to explore how extra virgin olive oil can add flavour to your soup and help decommission harmful free radicals in your body. Soups are such a versatile choice for your Autumn nutrition – they are inexpensive, can be adapted to seasonally available produce, frozen and are easy to prepare.
We know there are many types of olive oil to choose from, but picking the best extra virgin olive oil you can find is a great way to boost your health reserves as we move into the colder months.
Why Does Extra Virgin Olive Oil On Soup Boost Our Health & Immune System?
As well as providing a wonderfully flavoursome addition to your soup ingredients, extra virgin olive oil is packed full of powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols, which can neutralize free radicals – unstable compounds thought to play a role in more than 60 different health conditions. Antioxidants affect human health in various way from improving body functions and digestion to skincare. Antioxidants can also fight off cell damage in the body, enhancing the body’s capability to fight off any diseases.
Polyphenol rich olive oil fights inflammation in the body and can regulate muscle damage or chemicals that cause inflammation. As inflammation is related to various other diseases, polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil help to fight these diseases including cardiovascular problems.
A report from Henry Ford Livewell lists five great reasons to increase your soup intake, which include giving your immune system a boost. It states:
Soups can help you stave off cold and flu, and they’re a great antidote for times when you are sick, too! Most soups are loaded with disease-fighting nutrients. In fact, studies show that chicken soup in particular can help prevent the common cold, especially if you load it up with fresh garlic, onions, celery and carrots. (They all contain powerful immune-boosting chemicals.) A bonus: the hot liquid helps soothe a sore throat.
And a recent article from Healthline listing the top foods to boost your immune system is bursting with produce that lends itself well to fresh soup which can help you prevent colds, the flu and other infections.
But, if you really want to give your soup an extra power surge of health and flavour, a drizzle of high-quality extra virgin olive oil such as Morocco Gold can lift it to a new superfood status!
Fancy some inspiration to kickstart your Autumn soup making habit? Then look no further than these delicious recipes compiled by Morocco Gold: