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7 Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive oil

How often do you cook with olive oil?

Olive oil is a cornerstone of Italian cuisine and well-loved for its delicious flavor and healthy nature. While most people know that olive oil is good for them, there are many surprising health benefits lurking in a single tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Here are the top 7 health benefits of consuming olive oil in Italian cuisine

Rich in Good Fats

Olive oil comes from olives naturally and it’s composed of about ¼ saturated fats and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. All three of these fatty acids are incredibly good for you and critical parts of a healthy diet.  

Tons of Antioxidants

Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants, little molecules that are proven to help prevent cancer and fight inflammation. This health benefit is not commonplace, so adding olive oil to your diet can really amp up your antioxidant intake.  


Chronic inflammation leads to a whole host of disorders and diseases in the human body. Consuming anti-inflammatory substances, like olive oil, can decrease your likelihood of suffering from these ailments.  

Can Help Prevent a Stroke

Recent studies have shown that the consumption of olive oil can help prevent a stroke or the blood clots that lead to them.  

Protects Your Heart

Olive oil is shown to offer a major health benefit by helping to protect against heart disease, the most common cause of death in women throughout the globe. Extra virgin olive oil can make your heart happy after a delicious meal and healthy!

Doesn’t Cause Weight Gain

Many processed and dairy-based oils and fats lead to weight gain and obesity. Olive oil has not been linked to increases in weight at all in adult or child populations, making it an excellent choice.  

Can Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Many people are at risk for type 2 diabetes due to their diets, but olive oil is shown to actually help protect against getting type 2 diabetes. This major health benefit is still being studied today.  

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