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3 Health Benefits Of Olive Oil

Olive oil is a staple in many people's pantries for a very good reason. It has a light, yet savory taste when used to accent such dishes as pasta, chicken, and roasted vegetables. In addition to being a great accent for healthy dishes, olive oil is inherently good for you on its own as well. Since olive oil is the natural oil extracted from olives, it’s completely pure and full only of natural ingredients. About 24% of the oil from the fatty fruit of the olive tree is saturated fats (the healthy type of fat), as well as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which are also commonly found in fish. Here are three great health benefits of adding more olive oil to your diet.

It’s A Great Source Of Monounsaturated Fats

A diet that features a healthy amount of monounsaturated fats is a diet that’s beneficial to your heart, digestive tract, brain, and overall general health. Olive oil is perhaps one of the greatest sources of this nutrient. The predominant fatty acid found in olive oil is known as oleic acid, a nutrient that is incredibly beneficial for your body. Oleic acid has been linked to reduced levels of inflammation in the body, and it even has an effect on cancer-related genes. Interestingly, chronic inflammation is linked to many diseases such as cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. All in all, these healthy fats make olive oil a great choice for cooking, especially over vegetable or corn oils.

It Won’t Cause Weight Gain

Just because it’s full of essential fats doesn’t mean it’ll pack on the pounds. Studies conducted on the matter have revealed that a diet high in olive oil intake was not linked to an increase in weight; in fact, more often than not, it actually contributed to weight loss. Since the oil increases antioxidant levels in the bloodstream, this isn’t particularly sutprising.

It Protects Your Cardiovascular Health

Olive oil has been proven to be a powerful fighter against cardiovascular disease, one of the most common causes of death around the world. Studies have shown that incidences of heart disease, such as heart attacks and stroke, are surprisingly rare in the Mediterranean area, a region that relies heavily on olives and olive oil in the diet. Olive oil improves the function of the lining of blood vessels in the body, in addition to reducing inflammation and protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidizing within the blood.

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