Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Health Benefits of Olive Oil

 

Various studies have shown olive oil to offer several health benefits. A number of other studies have suggested that some of these benefits claimed for olive oil should have caveats attached to them. If the issue of health benefits interests you, we encourage you to read more on the topic, the IOC’s website has relevant information.

 

1Healthy Fats

The main type of fat in olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids, making it a healthy oil in comparison to many others. Also, it is lower in saturated fats than, for example, butter, suggesting that replacing butter with olive oil in food is a healthy choice. Olive oil contains no trans-fats.

 

2Antioxidant

Olive oil may reduce the risk of cancer because of the antioxidant nature of its polyphenols. By decreasing oxidation and cell damage, the risk of degenerative diseases is reduced. Studies have found that using olive oil, rather than saturated fats, can decrease the risk of upper digestive and respiratory tract neoplasms, breast, and possibly colorectal and other cancer sites.

 

3No Cholesterol

Olive oil itself contains no cholesterol. Furthermore, it reduces LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol in the body. LDL deposits cholesterol in the arteries, which can lead to heart disease.

 

4Blood Pressure

Several studies have shown an association between olive oil and blood pressure, with a reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

 

5Insulin & Blood Sugar

Some research has shown that olive oil may benefit insulin levels and blood-sugar control.

 

6Reduce Oxidation

Olive oil contains polyphenols and oleic acid, both of which have been found to reduce oxidation of LDL. Oxidized LDL contributes to plaque build-up in the arteries.

 

All of these health benefits depend on the initial quality of the oil, how it is stored, and its freshness at the time it is consumed. Exposure to light and air reduces its quality and its ability to deliver these benefits.

 

Frescolio Inc. in Winnipeg, ManitobaAt Frescolio, we guarantee that our extra-virgin olive oils meet or surpass all the international standards for oil quality, freshness and storage. We will be posting the test results alongside the products in our store.