With much research, I have found that many people remain rather skeptical surrounding the subject of oil, more particularly olive oil.

In general, people believe oil is not something you should include within your diet because it encompasses high fat contents. However, there are exceptions, such as olive oil. Although olive oil contains fats, healthy fats, which are a staple addition to ones diet.

Healthy fats are known as monounsaturated (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), you should replace saturated and trans fats with fats such as MUFAs and PUFAs as you could actually gain health benefits.

MUFAs and PUFAs can help to lower your risk of heart disease by improving related risk factors. MUFAs tend to lower your cholesterol and low-density of lipoprotein cholesterol levels. MUFAs can also aid in classifying blood clotting. Additionally they’re beneficiaries of insulin levels and blood sugar control, which is a crucial benefit for those who have type 2 diabetes.

Olive oil has had several studies carried out which portray its benefits for the cardiovascular system. It is now associated with low death rates from cardiovascular diseases.

People who consume olive oil on a regular basis are much less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, and hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels). Regular olive oil intake can also assist in reducing inflammation, endothelial dysfunction – these involve issues with the inner linings of blood vessels – thrombosis and carbohydrate metabolism. It lowers the risk of heart disease or premature death, as in Mediterranean countries where oil is used on a regular basis for frying large quantities of food, no association was found between the consumption of foods which have been fried and the risk of coronary heart disease or death.

Another benefit of olive oil is the decreased risk of depression. Those who have diets with high consumption’s of trans fats, saturated fats, fast food and processed foods tend to hold a high risk of attaining depression compared with those who have diets rich in MUFAs and PUFAs. The more someone eats trans fats and saturated fats, the higher they are at risk of experiencing depression.

For those of you who are trying to maintain a healthy diet, to perhaps achieve weight loss then olive oil is a great addition for you.

It’s important to remember that even healthier fats such as olive oil contain several calories, so as you should with everything, enjoy in moderation. You should always replace high fat content with MUFA-rich foods, for example, you should replace butter and margarine with olive oil, do not consume both!

Overall, olive oil is a staple addition to ones heart-health diet, it holds several benefits, as long as it is consumed in moderation. So swap your sunflower oil and butter for olive oil today!

This article was inspired by…

http://www.jamieoliver.com/bloggers/viewtopic.php?id=78850#bW4PSiBlcXMSJvEf.97

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266258.php

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/food-and-nutrition/faq-20058439

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