The monounsaturated fat found in olive oil (and nuts) is the healthiest type of fat. It is good for the heart and can lower your risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Use it as your main cooking oil, in place of butter and margarine in most baked goods, and as a spread on bread. A neutral tasting healthy alternative is expeller-pressed, organic canola oil.
Keep an eye out for a future post wherein I discuss how to choose a quality olive oil.