In ancient times humans found many uses for olive oil. It was used for religious rituals, lamp fuel, soap making, and skin care - including its notorious role in Greek and Roman athletics. Olive oil was also a kitchen staple, not only for cooking and dressing, but also as an important medicine for a variety of ailments.
In the last few decades science has caught up with ancient tradition, with research now showing the proven benefits high quality extra virgin olive oil provides to the human body. At Olive Oil Lovers a large part of our mission is to spread the word about quality olive oil and how it contributes to your everyday wellness.
Here are 3 big reasons why you should replace the fat in your diet with Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
EVOO is a high polyphenol super food:
The antioxidant polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil have been proven to improve health outcomes across a variety of conditions. Some notable effects include their ability to help the body clear out dead cells and create new ones, a process which helps prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers and other age-associated conditions. EVOO's polyphenols also damage cancer cells, with research showing high-polyphenol oils can completely destroy cancer cells.
EVOO is your best source of essential monounsaturated fatty acids:
Studies show that consuming monounsaturated fatty acids can reduce the body’s total cholesterol levels and help lower your risk of heart disease. Furthermore, research shows that when you replace man-made trans fats in your diet with extra virgin olive oil, you will feel full longer and be less tempted to overeat, making EVOO an important aid for both weight loss and improved health outcomes across a spectrum of ailments.
EVOO is an all-natural food produced without any chemical processing:
All vegetable oils, including corn oil, peanut oil, and canola oil, are extracted from seeds using high heat along with industrial solvents, such as Hexane. Seed oils created by chemical extraction must still be bleached and deodorized in order to make them edible, and these processes destroy any natural nutrients while also producing free radicals that can contribute to a host of diseases when these oils are consumed.
In contrast, extra virgin olive oil is an unrefined, all-natural product created without heat or chemicals involved in any step of the process. EVOO is simply the juice of the olive fruit with its water and solids removed by centrifuge - a completely healthy product that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
While these are just 3 important examples, you can check out our Health Benefits of Olive Oil page for a more complete idea of all the discoveries scientists are making about how our beloved EVOO improves everyday wellness.
Did You Know?
While extra virgin olive oil is often associated with the Mediterranean diet, you will often hear that extra virgin olive oil is not ideal for cooking. However, EVOO has been used as the primary cooking oil by people across the Mediterranean for millennia. In fact, last year scientists in Spain proved that cooking vegetables with extra virgin olive oil makes the plant phenols of the cooked veg more bioavailable to the human body. Even when heated to high temperatures, EVOO still maintains most of its nutritional properties.