“EAT FOOD OF ALL KINDS BUT DON’T OVERDO IT AND EAT SEASONAL PRODUCE”
- The OLEARUM Association
Extra virgin olive oil is a must in any healthy diet. Nutritionally, it is highly beneficial and can help to prevent some chronic illnesses.
It is a food product with a high antioxidant and vitamin content, particularly vitamin E (tocopherol). It is also rich in other natural ingredients, such as carotenes and polyphenols, whose concentrations can vary depending on how ripe the olives are and the technology used to make the oil. In addition, olive oil is rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that is good for the heart since it boosts the body’s good cholesterol (HDL) without increasing the total blood cholesterol level.
When it is consumed as part of a balanced diet like a Mediterranean one, extra virgin olive oil helps to prevent cardiovascular illnesses. Numerous studies demonstrate the anti-inflammatory power of polyphenols in helping to protect against arteriosclerosis.
It is manufactured in a fully natural way, with no chemical treatments, thus conserving its properties.
This is not the end of its therapeutic qualities. Some studies have suggested that diets rich in olive oil can help to prevent some types of cancer, like breast cancer, as well as contributing toward controlling obesity and type 2 diabetes as part of a healthy diet.
Ancient Egypt was the first place to use olive oil as a cosmetic product. Olive oil has a high capacity to regenerate skin tissue and to regulate the skin’s natural moisture content. Its toning, reaffirming properties also help to keep the skin smooth.
“EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL IS SPECIAL”
According to data presented in the study PREDIMED, people who eat a Mediterranean diet featuring extra virgin olive oil lose weight in comparison with others who eat different low-fat diets. The report also recommends about 40 ml (37g) of olive oil a day in order to take advantage of all its beneficial effects, even though, like other oils, there are 9 calories to one gram of olive oil. The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) recommends at least 20g per day in order to benefit from the healthy effects of the polyphenols that this liquid treasure contains.
For years the participants in this study ate a controlled Mediterranean diet, supplemented by extra virgin olive oils (approx. 37g), and it was demonstrated that they “have a lower risk of suffering from diabetes; their blood pressure is lower; they are less prone to depression and, above all, they are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease”.
As we all know, extra virgin olive oil is special. Even the European Union has recognized that the consumption of oleic acid, vitamin E and the polyphenols found in olive oils are good for your health.
Due to its lipidic composition, extra virgin olive oil is the most similar product to mother’s milk. As a result, paediatricians recommend the inclusion of olive oil in a baby’s diet when they no longer breast feed in order to avoid a shortage of fatty acids, since the latter contributes to the baby’s growth and development.