Why Olive Oil?
Olive oil isn’t called the ‘nectar of gods’ for nothing. Extracted from olives, this oil has been a healthy choice for cooking since 2500 BC when it was referred to on stone tablets from the court of King Minos of Crete.
What are the heath benefits of olive oil?
Fast forward a few thousand years and olive oil is now the chosen cooking oil for millions of people across the world. Roughly 14% of the oil is saturated fat, which some people believe can be harmful to your health, whilst a whopping 73% is a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid. This friendlier fat is understood to have many health benefits, not least of all helping to reduce inflammation and having beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.
How is olive oil an oxidant?
Other olive oil benefits can be attributed to the large amounts of antioxidants that it contains as well as vitamins E and K. The antioxidants are biologically active and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases as well as lower your risk of heart disease.
Another key olive oil health benefit is that people who consume it regularly appear to have a much lower risk of having a stroke, which is the second biggest killer in developed countries after heart disease. Incidentally, olive oil is also thought to have numerous benefits for heart health as it lowers blood pressure, protects bad cholesterol particles from oxidation and improves the function of blood vessels.
Olive oil is also thought to benefit brain function and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.