To say that olive oil is good for you, would be an understatement. If you want to know why it is so good for you, or if you want to find out the benefits of adding it to your diet then you’ve come to the right place. The first thing to take note of is that olive oil is full of monounsaturated fats. 14% of the oil is saturated, but 11% is polyunsaturated. This includes a ton of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as omega-6 acids too. The primary fatty acid that you’ll find in olive oil, however, is monounsaturated oleic acid. This makes up 73% of the oil content. Studies have found time and time again that this kind of acid is ideal for reducing inflammation, not to mention that it can also have a beneficial impact on the genes that are linked to cancer.
Fats such as this are quite resistant to high temperatures, meaning that it is the ideal choice for those who enjoy cooking. Studies have also found that olive oil is fairly nutritious. It contains a lot of vitamins, and it is also packed full of antioxidants as well. These are all biologically active and they are ideal if you want to reduce your risk of developing a chronic disease. They are great at fighting inflammation and they give your blood cholesterol protection against oxidation. This lowers your risk of heart disease. If you want to learn more about olive oil or the differences between the types available then check out the infographic below.
Infographic designed by: Myrolion