It is a well-known fact that consuming olive oil can contribute to preventing heart disease. Consumption of large amounts of foods rich in saturated fatty acids (or saturated fat) like butter, lard, milk-based rich in fat like cream, mature cheese, etc. increase the level of cholesterol in the blood and the risk of heart disease.
Many scientific studies have proven that the Mediterranean diet helps significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. Whereas saturated animal fats increase cholesterol levels, unsaturated or monounsaturated fats, like oleic acid, which is the main monounsaturated fat in olive oil, it contributes to normal levels of cholesterol in blood. In addition, extra virgin olive oil is very rich in polyphenols, which protect blood lipids from oxidative damage.
Helps prevent heart disease by reducing “bad” cholesterol levels (LDL) and improving circulation.
Helps improve the functions of the digestive system.
Provides the nutrients necessary to develop and protect cell structures.
It has antioxidant properties thanks to its contribution of vitamin E and polyphenols.
It has a major role in the Mediterranean Diet, which promotes daily consumption, along with vegetables, fruit, pasta, and bread.
It rejuvenates and protects the skin, so it is used for therapeutic purposes in many cultures.
Mediterranean Diet refers to the food habits, the foundation of which is the consumption of olive oil. The major characteristics of this diet are:
- High consumption of plant-based foods such as vegetables, legumes, fruit, and nuts.
- Olive oil is the main source of fat.
- Moderate intake of fish, poultry, eggs, and diary and low intake of red meat.
- Moderate consumption of wine with meals.