Facts About Foods And Their Medicinal Uses


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Saturday, March 14, 2020


The chief use of the olive, at least in this country, consists in the oil expressed

from it. Unfortunately our so-called olive oil is generally cotton-seed oil.

Captain Diamond of San Francisco, aged 111, and the oldest living athlete in the
world, attributes much of his health to the use of olive oil. But he lays great
stress upon the importance of obtaining it pure. Cotton-seed oil consists partly of
an indigestible gum, and its continued ingestion tends to produce kidney trouble
and heart failure.

A simple test for purity is to use, the suspected sample for oiling floors or
furniture. If pure, it will leave a beautiful polish minus grease. But if it contains
cotton-seed oil, part of it will evaporate, leaving the gummy portion behind.
When pure olive oil is shaken in a half-filled bottle, the bubbles formed thereby
rapidly disappear, but if the sample is adulterated the bubbles continue some
time before they burst.
Pure olive oil is pale and a greenish yellow.
If equal volumes of strong nitric acid (this may be obtained from any chemist)
and olive oil are mixed together and shaken in a flask the resulting product has a
greenish or orange tinge which remains unchanged after standing for ten
minutes. But if cotton-seed oil is present, the mixture is reddish in colour, and
becomes brown or black on standing.
Olive oil is slightly laxative, and therefore useful to sufferers from constipation.
It is also an excellent vermifuge.
Olive oil has been used with great success in the treatment of gall stones. A Dr.
Rosenberg reported that of twenty-one cases treated by "the ingestion of a
considerable quantity of olive oil, only two failed of complete recovery."

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