The health benefits of olive oil are commonly known, and according to the Olive Oil Times (www.oliveoiltimes.com) those benefits are only just being understood. “Olive oil is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet – a nutritional mainstay for the world’s longest-living cultures”.
A typical Mediterranean diet will include olive oil, fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, and a limited amount of red meat….you know, the stuff we’re always told to eat and always do!!!!!!
Olive oil has been found to be effective against certain types of cancer (by reducing inflammation), type 2 diabetes (rich in monounsaturated fat), possibility of a stroke, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and depression. To get a bit technical, Extra Virgin olive oil is “the healthiest fat on earth”, because of the fatty acids and phenolic antioxidants it contains. These in turn have anti-inflammatory properties (mostly the antioxidants), and it is believed that chronic inflammation is the cause of many ailments.