Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil delivers great taste and healthful benefits too! A simple substitution of extra virgin olive oil for other fats in your diet is all it takes.

Olive Oil for Heart Health

Studies have shown that replacing other fats in the diet with olive oil can significantly lower blood pressure, prevent LDL cholesterol from sticking to the walls of the arteries and reduce the risk of heart attack. The beneficial health effects of olive oil are due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidants. Studies have shown that olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL – the “bad” cholesterol -- levels while raising HDL "good" cholesterol -- levels.

Olive Oil and Cancer Prevention

Regarded as a “super food,” olives contain natural disease-fighting polyphenols, antioxidant vitamin E, oleic acid and monounsaturated fat. It has been suggested that olive oil is not only good for heart protection, but also for cancer protection.

Olive Oil as an Anti-inflammatory

In addition, the body uses the healthy fats in olive oil to produce natural anti-inflammatory agents. These anti-inflammatory agents can help reduce the severity of both arthritis and asthma. Well nourished cell membranes are more fluid and better able to move healthy nutrients into the cells and move waste products out. A lower incidence of osteoporosis and dementia is found in areas where people consume large quantities of olive oil.

Olive Oil and the Healthy Mediterranean diet

Many health experts recommend following a Mediterranean diet for optimal health. This is a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, seafood and poultry and one in which the primary fat used is olive oil.

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Using Olive Oil to make Cooking Healthier

Olive oil can be substituted for butter or margarine in many recipes. Click here for a conversion chart.

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