Olive oil bread is a delicious and highly nutritious food, full of health benefits. Find out why it is so good for your diet.
The truth is that Spanish gastronomy has in its history a whole set of wonderful foods, ideal within a varied diet, and that come above all from the so-called Mediterranean Diet, considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) itself as the healthiest diet that exists, and recommends following it to enjoy a good quality of life and prevent degenerative diseases.
And, among those wonderful, healthy and tremendously beneficial foods for our health, two stand out above all: traditional bread on the one hand, and olive oil on the other. And what happens when we combine both foods and put them together in one? Very simple: we obtain a delicious natural product, not only in taste or texture, but also notable for its incredible nutritional benefits.
In fact, there are many nutritionists who consider bread with olive oil as the healthiest, most delicious and nutritious option for breakfast, thus becoming a great option to start the day with energy. Against, above all, other less healthy breakfast options such as sliced bread, butter, jam, cereals (especially those rich in refined sugars) and cookies.
In addition, it stands out without a doubt for its ease of preparation, since only a couple of bars of toast and a good drizzle of olive oil are enough. But be careful, since not just any oil is enough. The best? The olive oil extra virgin.
The benefits of eating bread with olive oil every day.
The best option for breakfast:
If you are looking for nutritious options that are healthy and, above all, are especially suitable for breakfast, there is no doubt that bread with extra virgin olive oil is the best option to start the day.
We must not forget that bread is part of the group of cereals and tubers as it is made with wheat flour. That is, it is a food that gives us energy thanks to its high content of carbohydrates, which precisely act as fuel for our body. Therefore it is ideal for breakfast.
But if you want to opt for an even healthier food, it is best to substitute common traditional bread for whole wheat bread or those made with whole grain. Its fiber content will be higher, useful to regulate digestion and prevent or improve constipation. In addition, it helps control sugar and cholesterol levels.
High nutritional content:
Bread with olive oil is a meal full of essential nutrients, fundamental and essential for our health and ultimately for our body. In fact, in addition to being very rich in carbohydrates, it is an excellent natural option to provide our body with B vitamins (especially B1, B2, B9 and B6) as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium.
In the particular case of bread, it not only provides carbohydrates, but also proteins. While olive oil mainly provides vitamin E, an essential nutrient due to its antioxidant activity, being useful to protect our cells by reducing the activity of free radicals.
It also provides polyphenols, which help protect cells against oxidation, the damage of which can contribute to the development of cardiovascular diseases.
A food rich in healthy fats:
Bread with olive oil is a food extremely rich in healthy fats, especially oleic acid, which is the fatty acid with the greatest presence in what is known as liquid gold.
In fact, a scientific study found that taking two tablespoons of olive oil a day each day can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Very easy to make:
Bread with olive oil is not only a tremendously healthy and nutritious food, it also stands out because it is extremely easy to make, since it only takes 5 minutes to prepare it. What’s more, you can eat the bread as is or toast it a little.
To make it toasted, you just have to put a pan on the fire and when it is hot, cut a loaf of bread in half and place it in the pan to toast it. When it is toasted on one side (but not burned, be careful) turn it over so that it is toasted on the other.
Once the bread is ready, place them on a plate and pour a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on top. Ready, enjoy!