Olive oil means good health

 

It’s clear that times have changed and with them so have lifestyles. Certain aspects of the Cretan diet can now be modified to accommodate for modern life. For example meat and other animal product consumption should be reduced to be in line with the reduced level of physical exertion and activity in our daily modern lives. The consumption of olive oil however should continue to be a key element to healthy eating – both past and present studies continue to prove that this natural oil plays an all-important role in warding off illnesses and in preserving good health. Contrary to other vegetable oils, olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which are resistant to oxidation and diminish the amount of LDL cholesterol (otherwise known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol) whilst raising the level of HDL cholesterol (the ‘good’ cholesterol).


Daily olive oil consumption helps to ward off disease:

Olive oil’s antioxidants which are called "polyphenols" are believed to be able to counter certain substances that lead to cancer cell proliferation. In fact, some studies have already indicated that women in Mediterranean countries suffer less breast cancer than in countries like the United States and Australia.

 

Olive oil also plays an important role in the control of diabetes. Research has shown that diabetics who include olive oil in their diet, are more effectively able to regulate their diabetes and to lower levels of certain fats in the blood, when compared with a diet rich in carbohydrates.

 

Olive oil has a definite protective effect on metabolism, arteries, stomach and bile. It promotes growth during childhood and extends life expectancy in the elderly. It has a unique effect on blood serum lipids. Furthermore, olive oil is also believed to assist with the expulsion of bile from the body, a function which is mandatory in certain conditions, and it has a therapeutic effect on peptic ulcers.


It is also important to note that extra virgin olive oil is one of the only oils that can be eaten without chemical processing, unlike most other vegetable oils which have to be detoxified and refined with steam and solvents. Fresh pressed olive oil can be eaten immediately and retains the natural flavors, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other healthy products of the ripe olive fruit.