3. Your Heart Will Thank You
Olive oil is comprised of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which are considered a healthy dietary fat. MUFAs have been shown to help lower the risk of heart disease by improving related risk factors. For example, MUFAs can lower total cholesterol and “bad cholesterol,” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels.
Spanish researchers from the Lipids and Atherosclerosis Research Unit of the Reina Sofia University Hospital in Cordoba determined that a diet rich monounsaturated fat like olive oil can significantly improve the arterial function of elderly individuals, slowing down the heart’s aging process.
4. That’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg When It Comes to Health Benefits
Studies around the world are showing more and more remarkable, unrivaled benefits of olive oil. French researchers found the daily consumption of olive oil may help prevent strokes. Olive oil was demonstrated to positively affect the thickness of bones, slowing osteoporosis in older women. Olive oil may also be a powerful tool in weight loss and a protection against depression. A study published in the journal Diabetes Care demonstrated that a Mediterranean style diet rich in olive oil reduced the risk of type II diabetes by almost 50 percent compared to a diet low in fat. The reasons to cook with plenty of olive oil are numerous and seriously compelling.