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
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