It is now widely accepted that olive oil is good for health! It is the only edible oil to be produced simply by the pressing of the fruit. The fats contained in olive oil are essential to our bodies and include oleic acid and linoleic acid and they contain NO CHOLESTEROL. In fact, olive oil actually REDUCES the levels of LDL (the bad cholesterol), while helping to maintain the levels of HDL (the good cholesterol)
Olive Oil is Believed to:
Prevention of Breast Cancer A study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine finds that the consumption of olive oil -- and other oils high in monounsaturated fat -- helps reduce women's chances of developing breast cancer1. Research Director Dr. Alicja Wolk at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm suggested that women can easily increase their monounsaturated fat intake by replacing oils that are high in polyunsaturated fat with oils that are rich in monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil.
According to Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, chairman of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, "American women might actually experience as much as a 50 percent reduction in breast cancer risk if they consumed more olive oil 'in place of other fats in their diets. Dr. Trichopoulos added that, "even though diet doesn't go to the root of the breast cancer problem, the findings of the various studies indicate that a prudent diet containing plenty of vegetables with olive oil may lower the risk of this disease.'
1. Wolk, Alicja, et. al. "A prospective study of association of monounsaturated fat and other types of fat with risk of breast cancer." Archives of Internal Medicine. 1998; 158:41-45.
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Olive Oil Receives Qualified Health Claim from FDA:
North American Olive Oil Association's Successful Petition Highlights Heart-Healthy Benefits of one of America's Most Popular Cooking Oils. For complete Press release: http://www.thefinestoliveoil.com/news.php?id=6