Studies show that people raised on diets that include extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) have lower rates of most chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancers, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes. It has also been shown to improve a number of risk factors for chronic diseases.
A few of the risk factors improved with the daily use of olive oil are:
Oxidation. Excessive oxidation increases the risk of heart disease, cancer, and general aging. EVOO is rich in monounsaturated fat, which does not oxidize. EVOO also contains a number of phenols that are antioxidants, which also lowers oxidation.
Blood levels of fasting insulin and glucose. Higher blood levels of both insulin and glucose have been related to an increased risk of heart disease and several cancers. Two tablespoons of EVOO a day has shown to decrease blood levels of glucose and insulin. Besides decreasing your risk of heart disease and cancer, EVOO also improves blood glucose control for diabetics.
Body weight. Patients who use EVOO as part of a weight loss program lose more weight than those on a low-fat diet. A meal that contains fat leads to satiety, meaning you are satisfied from eating the meal so you stop eating; it also means that it will take longer for you to get hungry for your next meal.
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