Extra virgin olive oil: how healthy is it really?
The variety of olive oils is great. But as we wrote before, there is a big difference in quality. By now you are familiar with extra virgin olive oil, such as Gkazas’ which is 100 percent natural and therefore organic. But how healthy is our olive oil really?
Healthy vitamin booster
Extra virgin olive oil consists of about 70% mainly monounsaturated fatty acids and has a very high content of vitamins C and E. Unsaturated fat is known for the beneficial health effects it has. For example, unsaturated fat lowers LDL cholesterol. In this way, the risk of cardiovascular disease is reduced. In addition, olive oil contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that increase resistance, reduce joint pain and prevent inflammation. Source
Using extra virgin olive oil in a (weight-loss) diet
Extra virgin olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants (vitamins C and E). This package means that the use of the oil has a positive effect on the body. Natural substances enter the blood that, for example, ensure that cholesterol remains under control. This package also stimulates the immune system and lowers blood pressure.
The nutritional value table: an 8.3!
It is important to mention that there are calories in olive oil. According to the Nutritional Value Table, it contains 111 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). The fact is that these are burned faster than ‘normal’ fats. This fat burning process is started almost immediately after consuming the olive oil and continues until a few hours after the meal. This combustion process is so effective that it can aid weight loss as mentioned. These benefits result in a health value of 8.3. Whoops! Be careful! This doesn’t mean that you won’t get fat with an ‘olive oil diet’. In the end, it’s about adjusting your normal diet and using olive oil with it. It’s just part of the process. Also nice to mention is that besides the fats it contains exactly 0 percent sugars, according to the Nutritional Value Table.