Olive oil is an essential element of a heart-healthy diet.
For years, the Mediterranean diet has received a lot of attention in health media and is shining in the wellness news spotlight once again. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Mediterranean Diet as the #1 best diet overall in 2019, stating that the best diets are “easy to follow, nutritious, and effective for weight loss and preventing diabetes and heart disease.” Generally, the Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional eating habits of the cultures in the Mediterranean region and has a lot in common with the American Heart Association’s dietary recommendations. One shared element happens to be a specialty of ours: olive oil!
When consumed in moderation as a part of a healthy diet, olive oil promotes heart health. How so, you ask? Here’s a few fun facts to feast on…
- Olive oil naturally contains polyphenols, which act as antioxidants and protect cells against inflammation and diseases such as atherosclerosis (a condition in which arteries become stiff and can cause various cardiovascular complications). High-quality extra virgin olive oils are packed with extremely high levels of polyphenols!
- Olive oil is considered a top source of monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats (aka the “good fats”), which your body cannot produce itself and needs to support cell growth and as a vital source of energy. These healthy fats help to lower bad cholesterol levels, reduce triglyceride levels in your blood and improve total cholesterol, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. So, swap out saturated or artificial fat sources for fresh, smooth olive oil instead!
- When combined with vinegars and/or herbs (which usually have little or no calories or sodium), olive oil can liven up vegetables and salads with ease, making it convenient and enjoyable to consume more of the necessary and nutritious elements of a healthy diet that you might otherwise consider bland. A healthy diet supports a healthy lifestyle, which prevents obesity and chronic disease. Oh, and let’s not overlook the obvious. When you make vinaigrettes at home, you know exactly what you’re putting into your body and can avoid the excess calories, sodium, sugars and additives that many store-bought dressings are drowning in. Win-win!
It’s no wonder that many consider olive oil a superfood (including us, naturally). Do your heart a favor and incorporate olive oil and vinegar into your healthy diet! O’s olive oils are rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, and our flavorful vinegars have no added sugars, caramel coloring or sodium. All O products are free from artificial anything and are sourced and made in sunny California.
Treat your ticker and your taste buds to olive oils and vinegars galore with O, and cheers to your health!