What makes Olive Oil so healthy?
When it comes to health benefits, olive oil truly is “liquid gold.” This amazing fruit juice is one of the main components of the Mediterranean diet along with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and nuts. Over the last 20 years, numerous studies have established olive oil’s role in improving health and longevity. Here’s why:
- It's loaded with monounsaturated fats that help lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol without altering (and possibly raising) HDL or “good” cholesterol. Balanced cholesterol levels reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Mono-unsaturated fats are also associated with reducing cognitive decline associated with aging.
- It’s naturally packed with antioxidants like polyphenols, Vitamins E and K, chlorophyll and carotenoids that can lower your blood pressure, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and some types of cancer such as breast, prostate, and digestive tract.
- It contains a phytonutrient called oleocanthal that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. This helps reduce the risk and severity of diseases like diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, asthma and certain types of cancer.
Replacing two tablespoons of saturated fat with extra virgin olive oil in your daily diet can have measurable health benefits!