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EVOO Top 10

Aug. 25, 2010
By Michelle Leddon

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Every day there seem to be more and more rea­sons why extra-vir­gin olive oil should be a part of every­body’s eat­ing plan. If it isn’t already part of yours, here are ten pow­er­ful rea­sons to add it to the menu.

1 It tastes good.

Plea­sure — one of the best rea­sons to do any­thing. Olive oil just tastes good. Extra-vir­gin olive oils range in from del­i­cate to robust and more peo­ple are dis­cov­er­ing their inter­est­ing taste char­ac­ter­is­tics.

2 It can help you lose weight.

It appears that monoun­sat­u­rated fats, the kind found in olive oil, when replac­ing sat­u­rated fats, may encour­age weight loss. Olive oil con­sump­tion has been shown to break­down fats inside fat cells, get rid of belly fat and reduce insulin insen­si­tiv­ity.

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3 You may live longer.

Because it is rich in monoun­sat­u­rated fats and antiox­i­dants, olive oil has been shown to help pre­vent or lessen the effects of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, dia­betes and cer­tain types of can­cer as well as a host of other ill­nesses and con­di­tions.

4 You might get smarter.

Stud­ies have shown that diets rich in monoun­sat­u­rated fat (the sort of fat in olive oil) can pre­vent the cog­ni­tive decline asso­ci­ated with aging and in dis­eases like Alzheimer’s.

5 You will glow from inside out.

Olive oil con­tains vit­a­mins A, D, K and E, which help pro­tect against free rad­i­cals and cell oxi­da­tion which can lead to pre­ma­ture aging. Some of the best beauty ben­e­fits of olive oil come from the inside out.

6 Your chil­dren may be born health­ier.

Stud­ies have shown that the con­sump­tion of olive oil dur­ing preg­nancy can improve a child’s psy­chomo­tor reflexes and give them other devel­op­men­tal advan­tages.

7 You will feel less pain.

Olive oil can act as a nat­ural Ibupro­fen. It con­tains oleo­can­thal, a sub­stance with anti-inflam­ma­tory agents.

8 You will have more energy.

Your cir­cu­la­tion will improve and you’ll be able to breathe eas­ier. Olive Oil can increase blood flow and help lessen the effects of ill­nesses such as asthma through its anti-inflam­ma­tory prop­er­ties.

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9 You may be more resis­tant to infec­tion.

Olive oil con­tains high lev­els of antiox­i­dants, includ­ing polyphe­nols, vit­a­mins E, chloro­phyll and carotenoids. Antiox­i­dants are key to strength­en­ing the immune sys­tem and pro­tect­ing the body.

10 You could be hav­ing bet­ter sex.

Almost as impor­tant as the fact that it tastes good, olive oil may improve your sex life. Olive oil, in con­junc­tion with Omega 3s have been shown to improve cir­cu­la­tion, a key fac­tor in achiev­ing erec­tions and reach­ing orgasm for both women and men.

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