Oils are essential for maintaining a balanced healthy diet, and is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, one of the worlds longest-living cultures.
Studies are showing that phenolics found in olive oil might help protect DNA from oxidation (the damage caused to DNA by free-radical damage and oxidative stress). Studies are also showing that olive oil can help prevent type 2 diabetes, heart health, and protect the body from osteoporosis. Known as one of the best sources of monounsaturated fatty acids, and possessing essential antioxidant qualities, olive oil is also linked to improving cardiovascular health.
- “extra virgin’ olive oil is a mark of purity and quality, this is the oil you should drizzle over salads and can substitute in place of butter and margarine
- The FDA found sufficient evidence that the monounsaturated fatty acids found in olive oil may prevent heart disease
- Clinical studies found that 2 tablespoons of high quality olive oil was effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and reducing oxidation