Dietary fats, such as seeds oil and animal fats, built a wall of controversy. Which ones are healthy? Which ones should be avoided?
However, the Mediterranean population can be a great model when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, as they added extra virgin olive oil in everyday meals.
Olive oil never failed to fulfil our expectations, both in terms of nutritional value and taste.
Regarded as one of the healthiest populations, the Mediterranean people brought this super-food recently under the spotlight. Studies managed to find a close link between minimal odds of heath disease and this type of oil, rich in antioxidants and fatty acids.
What Are the Benefits?
To start with, one tablespoon of olive oil contains Vitamin E (13% of the Daily Value), Vitamin K (7% of the Daily Value), Saturated fats (14%), and Monounsaturated fat(73% where mostly is oleic acid).
It contains plenty of antioxidants that can cease the evolution of any anti-inflammatory diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, metabolic syndrome, and arthritis.
One of the most important anti-inflammatory components is oleocanthal, which exhibits the same effects as ibuprofen, a popular pain-killer. How can be acquired? A minimal intake, 3-4 tablespoons of virgin olive oil, acts like 10% of the adult ibuprofen dosage for pain.
But fighting inflammation is just one of the ‘super-powers’ of this super-food.
Demographic reports showed that people living around the Mediterranean Sea, who consume the greatest amounts of olive oil, are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases. This started the craze of people around the world wanting to imitate the Mediterranean diet. Is it as effective as in papers?
Researchers found out that following this diet minimises the risk of premature death related to heart attacks and stroke by 30%.
Plenty of human and animal trails showed that one could only benefit from eating extra virgin olive oil, and no side effects apply, as in the case of different foods.