16 Reasons to Prefer Olive Oil
16 Reasons to Prefer Olive Oil  

1. Olive oil is 100% natural fruit juice!

Olive oil protect all characteristics, flavour, taste and aroma, coming from olive fruit.
It is the only oil consumed in its natural form without further processing.

2. Olive oil is fundamental for Mediterranean diet.

It is recommended that olive oil should be consumed daily in a healthy and balanced diet.

A diet rich in olive oil provide more amount and long-term weight loss results than one with low saturated fat consumption.

While olive oil is recommended for cooking whereas extra virgin olive oil is mostly recommended to be consumed as uncooked in order to benefit from its taste and aroma

3. Oleic acid, existing high level in olive oil, is a major fatty acid.

Olive oil is the healthiest oil because it has high level of oleic acid which is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid.

4. Olive Oil is a source of antioxidants.

The high levels of oleic acid, polyphenols and vitamins in olive oil fight against aging. Olive oil protects our brain cells and prevents the development of diseases like Alzheimer.

5. Olive oil consumption helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

Olive oil consumption reduces the LDL (bad cholesterol) and total cholesterol level in the blood, whereas it may not affect or possibly increase the HDL, the “good cholesterol”.

6. Olive oil is the best naturel anti-inflammatory.

The polyphenols contained in olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Olive oil strengthens the immune system.

Olive oil strengthens the immune system against external attacks caused by microorganisms, bacteria and viruses.

8. Olive oil is the best for frying.

Olive oil is more stable than animal fats and other vegetable oils because of containing high oleic acid levels Therefore, it preserves its texture at frying temperatures (frying temperature is 180 Co, while olive oil’s smoking point is above 200 Co).

The nutrients of the food are preserved better when fried using olive oil.

Frying with olive oil prevents the food from absorbing the oil.

9. Olive oil reduces the bad cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in food of animal origin. Diets involving high levels of animal fat increase the blood’s cholesterol level, which is among the primary risk factors of cardiovascular diseases. Consuming olive oil reduces the LDL, namely the bad cholesterol, whereas it may not affect or possibly increase the HDL, the “good cholesterol” and controls blood pressure.

10. Olive oil is the most digestive.

Olive oil consumption reduces the risk of transfer of the food and gastric fluid to the oesophagus (acid reflux).

Olive oil is easily digested by the stomach and absorbed by the intestines.

11. Olive oil is natural regenerator.

The Vitamin E and anti-oxidants contained in olive oil have moisturising, nutritious and refreshing properties.

12. Olive oil supports the absorption of the minerals.

Extra virgin olive oil contain many vitamins such as A,D,E,K which help the adsorption of minerals such as calcium, phosphor, magnesium and zinc. Absorption of minerals, especially calcium, helps preserving the bone health. Therefore, olive oil consumption supports the bone development throughout adolescence and limits calcium loss in old age.

13. Olive oil helps to weight loss.

A diet rich in olive oil provide more amount and long-term weight loss results than one with low saturated fat consumption.

14. Olive oil helps regulate the blood glucose level.

A diet rich in olive oil is not only a good alternative for nutritious diet and a favourable alternative for the treatment of diabetes, but also it helps to prevent from the development of the disease. Olive oil consumption regulates the blood glucose level, fights against insulin resistance and its potential negative effects.

15. Olive oil consumption is recommended during pregnancy and childhood.

Vitamin E and oleic acid, which are found in the breastmilk, are also found in olive oil. With its content, olive oil supports the baby’s development both in the womb and after the birth, as well as having positive effects on the pregnant and nursing mothers. Oils play a vital role in child nutrition; thus olive oil is indispensable nutrition.

16. Olive oil prevents the development of certain cancer types.

A diet based majorly on olive oil, significantly reduces the risk of cancer. Regular consumption of olive oil prevents the development of cancer types such as colon, prostatic, skin and breast cancer.

Source: International Olive Oil Council (IOC) Publications