Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Health

Fats are one of three macronutrients essential to human life and make up a large part of our bodies. Without fats, we wouldn’t be able to absorb vitamins A, D, E or K. But not all fats are created equal. Healthy fats, such as extra virgin olive oil, provide a number of benefits to help support overall health and wellbeing. While fat in general gets a bad reputation, not all fats are bad, (in fact they are good), you just have to make the right choices! Harvard School of Public Health recommends some healthy fat intake; as a rule of thumb, out with the bad, in with the good.


According to the FDA, limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil. To achieve this possible benefit, olive oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day. Along with this heart-healthy fat, extra virgin olive also contains phenols which act as antioxidants, reducing the oxidative stress throughout your body. A small amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are also present in extra virgin olive oil. Many other benefits are associated with the consumption of extra virgin olive oil. Cooking with extra virgin olive oil is an easy way to add the health benefits of a heart-healthy oil and add flavor to your dish, whether you’re using extra virgin olive oil for salad dressing, or sautéing.

Information provided in this article is intended for general educational and informational use only and is not intended to provide health, medical, or nutritional advice. Statements about the health benefits of certain nutrients are not specific to California Olive Ranch products and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.


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