Extra virgin olive oil is an extremely healthy oil. Full of monounsaturated (healthy) fats and antioxidants, type of Olive Oil can fight inflammation and has many beneficial effects on heart health.
Infact, people who consume olive oil regularly have a much lower risk of dying from heart attacks and strokes.
Here are a few of the benefits of extra virgin olive oil…
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a Fantastic Source of Antioxidants and Healthy Fats.
Regular olive oil is refined and stripped of important nutrients and antioxidants.
In contrast, the natural extraction process used to produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil ensures it retains all the nutrients and antioxidants from the olive fruit.
- More Olive Oil Could Help Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease.
It appears the active compounds in this type of Olive Oil have powerful cardio-protective properties, such as helping to lower blood pressure and preventing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- Olive Oil May Protect Against Stroke.
One French study that compared olive oil use and stroke incidence found that those who consumed the highest amounts of olive oil had a 41% lower risk of stroke. A number of other studies have also found similar results.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil May Help Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
It’s thought that the phenolic compounds present in this Olive Oil aid in glucose metabolism and improve the sensitivity and effectiveness of insulin.
- Olive Oil Consumption May Improve Bone Health.
Olive oil, especially those rich in polyphenols such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil, may prevent bone loss with ageing.
- A Diet High in this type of oil May be Good for Brain Health.
Olive oil could potentially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related dementia.
5 Easy ways to get more of this great olive oil into your diet
- Roasting Vegetables.
Drizzle the desired amount over your vegetables and cook in the oven at 200 degrees (gas mark 6) for about an hour.
This is one of the most common ways to incorporate this type of olive oil into your everyday diet.
- On salads.
Add together this olive oil, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper and voila you have a salad dressing that is not only healthy but also super delicious.
- In cakes, pastries and pies.
Extra virgin olive oil is an excellent substitute for butter in most cakes, pastries and pies.
While cakes and pastries are still not the healthiest choices for us, the addition of olive oil is certainly hands-down healthier than butter.
- On bread.
Have you ever tried olive oil on bread as a delicious before dinner snack? Toast up some whole grain bread (sourdough is our favourite) and drizzle over some extra virgin oil.
- Marinating your seafood and meats.
This Extra virgin oil is a perfect base ingredient in marinades for a variety of meats and seafood. With a superb flavour on its own, extra virgin olive oil can also help draw out companion ingredients.
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Related research and info: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18069902/