Extra virgin olive oil health benefits

The greatest exponent of monounsaturated fat is olive oil, and it is the main component of the Mediterranean diet. Extra virgin olive oil is a natural juice which preserves taste, aroma, vitamins and properties of the olive fruit. Extra virgin olive oil is the only vegetable oil that can be consumed as it is – freshly pressed from the fruit.

The beneficial health effects of extra virgin olive oil are due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidant elements. Studies have shown that extra virgin olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL (“bad”) cholesterol level while raising HDL (the “good” cholesterol) level. No other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated as extra virgin olive oil – mainly oleic acid.

Moreover, extra virgin olive oil contains higher levels of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E and phenols.