Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils you can use in cooking, but it is also of benefit to your skin.
At just over 100 calories per tablespoon, using olive oil in place of other types of oils can be a weight loss aid and a lifesaver.
The Greek Diet
Greeks have long recognized the health benefits of olive oil and have made it the primary oil used for cooking. Their diet of fruits, veggies, fish, lean meats, grains and olive oil is one of the healthiest on the planet. Olive oil is cholesterol-free, salt-free and gluten-free and contains more than 75% monounsaturated fat, meaning that you’re mostly ingesting the good fats that your body requires. Unlike saturated fats (the bad kind), monounsaturated fats don’t result in clogged arteries that can eventually lead to heart disease and stroke.
How Else Does Olive Oil Benefit The Body?
Appetite Suppressant – According to nutrition experts, eating foods that contain monounsaturated fats makes you less hungry than you would if you were to eat foods that contain other types of fat. If your cravings go down, so will your waistline over time. Your body is also better able to digest monounsaturated fats, and olive oil makes your bowel movements are more easily eliminated.
Cancer Blocker – Olive oil is full of antioxidants, whose job is to rid the body of toxins and carcinogens which could eventually cause cancer. Prostate, esophageal, colon, breast and rectal cancer can all be prevented by regularly using olive oil.
Diabetes Destroyer – As more monounsaturated fats are introduced into the body with regular use of olive oil, the ratio between good fats and bad fats in the body will increase; there will be more good fats as opposed to bad fats in the body, and as a result diabetic symptoms will come under control.
Heart Disease and Stroke Blocker – Heart disease and stroke are closely related and often the result of blockages within the arteries and lack of sufficient blood flow back and forth to and from the heart. Lowering the amount of bad fats in the body and replacing them with more of the good kinds, like those found in olive oil, can prevent this from happening. Again, due to the monounsaturated fats in olive oil, blood pressure is regulated, blood flow is smoother, arteries are clearer, cholesterol levels are down, and thus heart conditions are few or nonexistent.
Arthritis Stopper – Olive oil is anti-inflammatory, so swelling and joint pain associated with arthritis are alleviated when used regularly. The oil also acts like a buffer between joints to soothe those painful areas and allow for more flexible range of motion.
Skin Protector and Healer – Applying virgin olive oil to the skin protects it from harmful UV rays, and is also great to use for body massages and treating minor cuts, bruises, burns and rashes.