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 International Olive Council has relevant information.
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.
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. Olive oil also contains oleic acid, which has, along with polyphenols, been found to reduce oxidation of LDL. Oxidized LDL contributes to plaque build-up in the arteries.
Olive oil itself contains no cholesterol. Furthermore, it reduces LDL cholesterol in the body. LDL deposits cholesterol in the arteries, which can lead to heart disease.
Blood Pressure Regulation
Several studies have shown an association between olive oil and blood pressure, with a reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Insulin & Blood Sugar Regulation
Some research has shown that olive oil may benefit insulin levels and blood-sugar control.
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.
At Frescolio, we guarantee that all of our extra-virgin olive oils meet or surpass all the international standards for oil quality, freshness and storage. We post the test results alongside the varietals olive oils in our store.