Extra virgin olive oil is a true gift of the Greek and Roman gods. Olive oil is not only delicious but very healthy, particularly in its extra virgin or even raw state. Be sure to choose olive oil packaged in dark green bottles, as it is light sensitive. Olive oil is high in heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids which:
- lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise the HDL cholesterol that is protective and necessary for proper cardiac function.
- reduce inflammation and help arthritis, so go ahead and oil those joints.
- are important for general cognitive function, memory and mood.
- olive oil is high in antioxidants and numerous studies have pointed that a diet rich in olive oil can lower the risk for certain cancers.
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