This so called liquid gold has an excellent reputation in the Mediterranean that goes back thousands of years. This oil which is spared from chemical processing and preservative are packed with vitamins and monounsaturated fats. The oil which is extracted from the olives makes cooking a delightful and healthy experience and according to many nutritionist extra virgin olive oil may promote a healthy and long life and reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.
The cancer rates are reportedly higher in areas of northern Europe when compared to southern Europe. So a Danish team of researchers from the University of Denmark conducted a study to determine the cause of this. Olive oil in the south of Europe is a very important dietary component of everyday life. The study involved 182 men between the ages of 26 and 60, and originating from five separate European countries. Throughout the study researchers added olive oil to the diet of those tested for a period of two weeks. The purpose was to measure any appreciable effect on the produced levels of a substance known as 8oxodG, which corresponds with cellular damage as a result of oxidation. At the end of the two weeks of the study it was found that those tested had a 13% reduced level of DNA damage, which can lead to the development of cancer, as a result of the consumption of the olive oil.
Olive oil is quickly and completely absorbed by your body and very easily digested. The aroma and taste can stimulate your appetite and is great for assisting in your digestive process. A diet that includes olive oil can aid the circulatory system which can therefore reduce your risk of arteriosclerosis and other circulatory ailments. The unsaturated fats, which make up olive oil, not only are cholesterol free but also have been known to reduce cholesterol levels as it works to protect against bad cholesterol.
So feel free to add some olive oil to your salad, meats, or sauces and reap the wonderful health rewards which are contained within.