The staple of the Mediterranean diet. Rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), or healthy dietary fat. Olive oil is used in cosmetics, medicine, soaps, and of course, cooking. Today it is used worldwide, but Greece has the highest olive oil intake, followed by Spain and Italy.
#1 Cardiovascular health * MUFAs help prevent hypertension, reduce inflammation, problems with inner lining of blood vessels, and improves carbohydrate metabolism.
#2 Olive oil may help prevent stroke *In a study conducted by INSERM in Bordeaux, France, olive oil reduced the risk in elderly patients by 41%.
#3 Olive oil may help reduce risk of depression *Diets high in trans fat, like fast food, and mass produced foods, may have higher risk of depression compared to diets rich in mono and poly unsaturated fats. Studies showed olive oil has a slight protective effect regarding depression.
#4 Help reduce breast cancer risk *Researchers found a key mechanism by which virgin olive oil protects body against breast cancer. Signals within the cells of breast tumors that are activated by virgin olive oil, encouraging tumor cell death. (Corn oil actually showed to increase the aggressiveness of tumors.)
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