Oils can be healthy or harmful to your health so you need to be very careful what oil you choose to use in your cooking and dressings.
All oils, no matter where they come from are fats, and will have some composition of saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats. Also, when you consume one tablespoon of any oil it will provide about 120 calories. But the thing is that the quality of these calories is not equal. And why not choose the best quality of oil which helps promote your health?
There is no healthier oil than the extra virgin olive oil. One of the health benefits of olive oil is that it promotes heart health and helps prevent from strokes, heart attacks and heart disease.
When you consume olive oil you give to your body plenty of antioxidants that can protect red blood cells from damage – otherwise that damage could lead to heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.
There are numerous scientific studies that show that olive oil helps prevent and treat heart disease. Studies have shown that olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels while raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels. No other naturally produced oil has as high as a percentage of mono-unsaturated fat as olive oil. It appears that people who consumed 23ml – about 2 tablespoons – of extra virgin olive oil daily showed less oxidation of LDL cholesterol and higher levels of anti-oxidant compounds, particularly phenols, in the blood. But while all types of olive oil are sources of mono-unsaturated fat, extra virgin olive oil (and especially the higher quality ones) contains higher levels of anti-oxidants, particularly vitamin E and phenols, because it is less processed.
Now that you know the benefits of olive oil to health, consider the food that you use – and how you are preparing it. Don’t forget that some types of fats may increase our risk for heart disease, while others may provide a protective benefit.
Use extra virgin olive oil for cooking and dressing your food, you can even drink a tablespoon of olive oil in the morning to start your day. As we usually say, a spoon of olive oil per day keeps the doctor away!