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Olive oil and The Mediterranean Diet

Rich in Olive oil, vegetables, fruit and other fibres, the Mediterranean diet is generally believed to be of the most balanced.
Extra virgin oil is known to be a source of unsaturated fatty acids, hundreds of micro elements, phenol ingredients, vitamin E and carotene. The intake of olive oil offers unsaturated fatty acids in the form of solvent vitamins such as Vitamin E and antioxidant ingredients including poly-phenols. And last, but not least, it is an excellent source of energy.

 

Olive oil and health

Olive oil’s characteristic energy sources contribute to the maintenance of our health and well being. Unlike the saturated trans acid fat of animal foodstuffs, polyunsaturated acid fat does not increase the concentration of cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. Moreover, olive oil assists the metabolism of fat, boosting the levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. Studies have also credited it with the lowering of blood pressure in both normal and hypertensive individuals as well as metabolizing carbohydrates, found to be particularly useful for those with diabetics (Type 2).