The Mediterranean diet has long been considered one of the healthiest diets on the planet - and rightfully so.
For thousands of years, residents along the Mediterranean coast have enjoyed the delicious diet, leisurely dining, and engaging in regular physical activity. They don’t think of their eating habits as a diet plan; it's simply a way of life that can lead to long, healthy lives with less chance of chronic disease.
Is it true that two tablespoons of olive oil can halve your risk of heart disease and help sustained weight loss? Can olive oil kill cancer cells, fight the toxins of Alzheimer's Disease, revive a failing heart and even turn off bad genes? Is olive oil the key to Mediterranean Diet Success?
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The regular consumption of Olive Oil is now widely regarded by the scientific and medical community to promote a healthy heart. Olive oil is a source of good fat (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated). Nutritionists recommend to substitute butter and other sources of bad fat known to raise blood cholesterol with olive oil.
But not all olive oils are created equal. When choosing an olive oil, it's important to choose extra virgin olive oil over refined olive oil. This is because extra virgin olive oil contains a natural antioxidant called polyohenols. The quantity of polyphenols in olive oil can also vary and organic farming is known to produce olive oil rich in polyphenols. While an average olive oil may contain 180 mg/kg of polyphenols, Dehesa De La Sabina by La Olivilla contains 738!
« Extra-virgin olive oil contains more polyphenols which has been shown to improve cholesterol levels. » Wall Street Journal
« The secret of olive oil, the crown jewel of the Mediterranean diet, may be in its aroma. » New York Times