Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive Oil

One of my favorite stories was of the oldest woman on the planet. When asked about her secrets of living to 100 and beyond her response was, “Every day I drink a half a cup of Olive Oil.” Interesting! I tried doing that myself and could not get past a quarter of a cup without gagging. Even though I could not do it, I understand that the human body is like a machine and like all machines, they need to be well lubed or they will break down much quicker. It only makes sense that we too need to be well lubed. What’s great is that it contains omega 3 fatty acids.

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Unlike most oils that have to be refined or have chemicals that are needed in the process, olive oil is like a fruit juice. You are squeezing the fruit and extracting the juice from it….the olive oil.

Olive Oil Nutrition Facts

Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils fats that are high in fat good for your body. Olive oil contains the following nutrients value per 100 grams of oil: Olive Oil nutrition facts are:

11g of Polyunsaturated fats
73g of Monounsaturated fats
1.5g of Omega-3 fatty acids
Fatty acids named Omega-6, between 3.5 and 21 g, depending on the type of olive oil
62ug of Vitamin K
14mg of Vitamin E
14g of Saturated fat

Olive oil contains 900 calories in per 100 grams and about 120 calories. It also contains polyphenols, which help control blood glucose, fat metabolism and phytonutrients. It may offer some protection against infections and chronic degenerative diseases.
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, which help to fight of free radicals causing damage to cells. It may help lower blood pressure and may protect the body against cardiovascular disease. Find out what do antioxidants do

Olive oil plays an important role within the immune system as it protects it against bacteria and/or viruses. It also aids the digestive system by inhibiting gastric motility.
The olive tree is an evergreen tree or shrub native to the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa. It is short and squat, and rarely exceeds 26–49 ft in height. The olive tree trunk is typically gnarled and twisted.

Olive oil nutrition facts have been proved beyond doubt. Olive oil products bear a claim that says that “Two table spoons of olive oil can reduce the chances of heart diseases”. This claim is permissible under law. Of course, the olive oil consumption should not be in addition to the existing fat consumption. Olive oil should replace the equal quantity of other fatty intake. For all these reasons, Olive oil is famously known as Liquid Gold.