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Living Longer - The Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil


It's rich in antioxidants

Extra virgin olive oil contains various health-giving antioxidants which are absolutely essential for good health. Antioxidants fight harmful free radicals.

It's monounsaturated

Common cooking oils like those based on sunflower, soybean or corn, are mostly polyunsaturated. Polyunsaturates tend to lower the good HDL cholesterol in the blood as well as the harmful LDL cholesterol. Monounsaturates, which are found abundantly in olive oil, protect the good cholesterol.

Why antioxidants are essential for good health

Extra virgin olive oil contains polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent the buildup of the cholesterol plaque which clogs blood vessels. These polyphenols are not found in "Pure" or "Light" olive oils or in refined seed oils such as sunflower, canola or corn oils.

It even has Vitamin E

Extra virgin olive oil is the only common vegetable oil which contains useful amounts of Vitamin E, another valuable antioxidant.

How does extra virgin olive oil differ from "Pure" and "Light"?

The so called "Pure" and "Light" grades of olive oil are made from refined oil. This process destroys the polyphenols and the Vitamin E. The antioxidants in extra virgin olive oil also stabilise the oil, preserving its healthful properties during cooking and storage. Extra virgin olive oil is one of the few truly "natural" food oils.

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