If you are a person who loves to cook, you probably must be familiar with olive that offers unrivalled health benefits. In fact, every culinary expert today swears by olive oil and recommends using it.
Unlike other oils, olive oil is packed with good fats – 24% (saturated fats and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids) and 73% (a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid, which is extremely healthy). It is also the only oil that is extracted from a fruit rather than a seed, nut, or grain.
Health benefits of olive oil
From ruling our kitchens to taking over the cosmetic world, olive oil has become one of the most sought after oils in recent times owing to its umpteen goodness and health benefits. Here are some health benefits of olive oil that are supported by research studies:
Olive oil is extremely healthy for the heart due to high content of monounsaturated fat associated with a reduced risk of stroke and heart disease. In addition, olive oil contains no carbohydrates or proteins and all of its calories come from fat, mostly monounsaturated.
Antioxidants like oleocanthal and oleuropein in olive oil reduce inflammation, increase good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).
It has also been shown to lower high blood pressure, which is one of the strongest risk factors for stroke, heart disease and premature death.
Aids weight loss
Olive oil contains vitamin E, polyphenols and anti-oxidants which fight free radicals in blood stream, thereby supporting in weight loss. Also, the oleic acid found in olive oil helps body to produce oleoylethanolamide which reduces weight and appetite.
Olive oil also contains large amounts of antioxidants that help in promoting and strengthening your immune system, making your body more resistant to infections and inflammation, including cancer, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis etc.