From chefs, to nutritionists, to the Mayo clinic, most experts agree and champion the health benefits of cooking with extra virgin olive oil. With the new year underway, here are 5 reasons you need extra virgin olive oil in your diet.
# 1: Be Pro Anti-Oxidants. Extra virgin olive oil contains carotenoids, vitamin E, and phenolic compounds, all of which are powerful antioxidants. Studies show that antioxidants help reduce damage to cells, caused by free radicals in the body.
# 2: Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Early research from the University of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria suggests that a diet with a higher intake of extra virgin olive oil and
polyunsaturated fats are associated with a lower risk of mental illness. study
# 3: Inflammatory Language. Thanks to its inflammation fighting properties, extra virgin olive oil can play a role in a healthy meal plan. Studies show that some of the properties (such as oleic acid) in extra virgin olive oil help reduce the markers of inflammation. study
# 4: Think About Brain Health. Extra virgin olive oil may help protect you against Alzheimer’s disease. People with Alzheimer’s have a buildup of proteins (beta amyloids). Extra virgin olive oil has shown to clear the beta amyloid proteins in controlled studies. study
# 5: Extra Virgin Olive Oil “Hearts” You. The main type of fat found in extra virgin olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), also known as “healthy fats.” MUFAs have been found to lower total cholesterol and LDL (the bad) cholesterol levels. Reducing your LDL cholesterol means your arteries will be less clogged, leading to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. 2018 is here, and cooking and using extra virgin olive oil offers a healthier alternative to other fatty foods such as butter and stick margarine. So cook, eat, and live healthier by adding olive oil to your diet.
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