Detox your Diet: Reasons why we love extra virgin olive oil

by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND January 09, 2009

Pure, extra virgin olive oil is a light and tasteful addition to many dishes, it is one of the most health-promoting types of oils available. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that researchers are discovering has excellent health benefits.

Researchers have shown that people who use olive oil regularly, especially in place of other fats, have much lower rates of heart disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and asthma. Furthermore, a Mediterranean style dietary pattern - characterized by high consumption of olive oil, raw vegetables, soups, and poultry - was associated with a significantly lower risk of death from all causes.

Dose: consuming 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil a day has been shown to result in significantly decreasing LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol

Practical Tips:

  • Instead of serving butter, fill a small condiment dish with extra virgin olive oil for use on bread, rolls, potatoes or other vegetables.
  • For even more flavor, try adding a few drops of balsamic vinegar or a sprinkling of your favorite spices to the olive oil.
  • To get the most health benefit and flavor from your olive oil, buy and store oil in opaque containers, and add olive oil to foods immediately after cooking
  • Use extra virgin olive oil (instead of regular olive oil or virgin olive oil) because contains richer sources of polyphenols, which are known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticoagulant action. Plus it is the best source of vegetable oil for a healthy heart
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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