More Olive Oil Equals Better Health-ravbin

UnCategorized The "fat is bad" mantra of the past couple of decades has made many people wary of consuming any kind of fats or oils, or feeling guilty when they do. Popular media has expounded on the dangers of obesity, heart disease, stroke, and cancer as a result of consuming fats. It has been only recently that there has been increasing attention to the fact that all fats are not created equal, that there are "good", or healthy, fats and "bad" fats that actually are unhealthy. Olive oil at the very top of the list of good fats. So good, in fact, that it not only shouldn’t be limited in a healthy diet, but dramatically increased in consumption in the Western culture that has be.e so fat paranoid. Can there be better news than the fact that dipping wholesome, fresh bread in a deliciously robust herb-infused extra-virgin olive oil every single day is great for your heart and overall health? Olive oil is freshly pressed directly from the olive fruit, so that the vitamins and properties of the fruit are preserved. The high content of antioxidants and monounsaturated fatty acids in the extra-virgin variety help to protect the body from heart disease by increasing levels of HDL, or good cholesterol, while helping to control LDL levels, or bad cholesterol. Studies have demonstrated that those who consume three to four tablespoons of the virgin variety daily significantly lower blood pressure and reduce their risk of heart attack. In the January 2005 issue of the Annals of Oncology, a study was published that showed the monounsaturated fatty acid contained in olive oil reduced the effect of an oncogene, or gene that transforms a healthy cell into a cancer cell, that is associated with breast cancer. Other studies have demonstrated that it has also been indicated positively for endometrial and prostate cancers. This oil is also protects colon cells from carcinogens, unlike other fats that increase the risk of colon cancer. The healthy fats in extra-virgin olive oil increase the body’s natural production of anti-inflammatory agents that help to reduce the severity of asthma and arthritis. Studies of those living in areas where high quantities of this oil are consumed show a lower incidence of dementia and osteoporosis. The protective function of this oil has a positive effect on gastritis and ulcers and decreases the formation of gallstones by activating the secretion of pancreatic hormones and bile. But doesn’t all that olive oil result in weight gain? Not so, according to a study in the September 2003 issue of the British Journal of Nutrition. A study showed that simply substituting this oil for saturated fats resulted in a significant loss of fat mass and body weight without an increase in physical activity or changing anything else in the diet. In summary, a diet that includes three to four tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil substituted for saturated and polyunsaturated fats can reduce blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, be protective for some cancers, lessen the severity of arthritis and asthma, and help maintain a lower body weight. So delight in the delicious flavors of infused olive oil used liberally on salads, vegetables, and for bread dipping. Enjoy the pure, natural flavors of seafood, fowl, and meats prepared with olive oil as in Mediterranean style cooking. No guilt! Only better health! About the Author: 相关的主题文章: