Adding olive oil to your diet — and cutting down on other, less healthy fats — can be part of a healthier way of eating. In fact, doctors and nutritionists commonly recommend olive oil as a component of a smart, well-balanced diet.
It may seem remarkable that such a small dietary change – switching from one type of fat to another – can significantly impact your health, but the type of fat you fancy really matters. Some fats, especially those in olive oil, have more healthful properties than others.
Monounsaturated fat is the healthiest type of fat. It promotes heart health and might help prevent cancer and a host of other ailments. Monounsaturated fat helps lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels without negatively affecting the “good” HDL cholesterol. Olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, and avocados are rich in healthy monounsaturated fat.
There are two important polyunsaturated fats that are essential for human health, but the body cannot make them. This means we must get them from the foods we eat. These two essential fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid, and linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid. The body gets both from olive oil.
This information, was shared with permission from Philipo Berio.
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