Health Benefits of Olive Oil
According to the Mayo Clinic in MN, monounsaturated fatty acids, the main type of fat found in olive oil, is considered a healthy dietary fat and contains certain health benefits.
Monounsaturated fatty acids may help lower your risk of heart disease by improving related risk factors. For instance, monounsaturated fatty acids may lower your total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Monounsaturated fatty acids may also help normalize blood clotting. And some research shows that monounsaturated fatty acids may also benefit insulin levels and blood sugar control, which can be especially helpful if you have type 2 diabetes.
In addition to bolstering the immune system, olive oil is believed to benefit your body agains the following:
- Heart Disease: Olive oil helps lower levels of blood cholesterol leading to heart disease.
- Oxident Stress: Olive oil contains antioxidents such as Vitimin E, carotenoids and phenolic compounds which also help lead to long life.
- Cancer: Studies suggest that olive oil exerts a protective effect against certain malignant tumors (breast, prostate, endometrium, digestive tract…). A number of research studies have documented that olive oil reduces the risk of breast cancer. Eating a healthy diet with olive oil as the main source of fat could considerably lower cancer incidence.
- Blood Pressure: Recent studies indicate that regular consumption of olive oil can help decrease both systolic (maximum) and diastolic (minimum) blood pressure.
- Diabetes: It has been demonstrated that a diet that is rich in olive oil, low in saturated fats, moderately rich in carbohydrates and soluble fiber from fruit, vegetables, pulses and grains is the most effective approach for diabetics. It helps lower “bad” low-density lipoproteins while improving blood sugar control and enhances insulin sensitivity.
- Obesity: Although high in calories, olive oil has shown to help reduce levels of obesity.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: Although the reasons are still not fully clear, recent studies have proved that people with diets containing high levels of olive oil are less likely to develop rheumatiod arthritis.
- Osteoporosis: A high consumption of olive oil appears to improve bone mineralization and calcification. It helps calcium absorption and so plays an important role in aiding sufferers and in preventing the onset of Osteoporosis.
What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
Extra virgin olive oil is the oil collected from the first mechanical pressing of the olives without using heat or chemical processes. This produces a superior olive oil that includes excellent flavor and aroma.
We use extra virgin olive oil in our recipes for our pizza dough, pizza sauce, marinara sauce and our famous garlic g'nots.
Complimentary extra virgin olive oil is also provided at both ends of our store.
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