Olive Oil benefits –cholesterol
It's a term we see often in articles touting suggestions to improve our health. We know by now that saturated fat can wreck all sorts of havoc on our arteries, with the potential to raise our cholesterol and perhaps cause heart disease.
But it tastes so GOOD, we say. It's hard to eliminate the tasty things we love from our diet. Butter, for instance, is a household staple. Who doesn't love the taste of butter on pancakes hot off the griddle, drizzled over popcorn, or spread on a fresh piece of homemade bread? Often it's easier said than done to say goodbye to our traditional favorites, despite our desire to make healthy choices.
Fortunately, D'Avolio can make this transition easier for you. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, the best type of fat for your body. What makes it so great? Here are a few of its gleaming qualities:
- Helps with the absorption of vitamins
- Has Oleic Acid, a fatty acid that is resistant to oxidative damage
- Contains a high level of antioxidants, such as Chlorophyll, Carotenoids, and Polyphenolic compounds
- Protects your cells from free radicals
In order to really appreciate these qualities, it's important to understand that the process of oxidation is what causes cholesterol to go bad and create plaque in our arteries. There is a certain level of cholesterol that our bodies all have and need, such as HDL. We also have a certain level of LDL, which is considered the "bad" cholesterol. Oxidation creates more "bad" cholesterol. Free radicals damage our cells, and antioxidants are what protect them.
Olive oil, (high quality, fresh extra virgin olive oil, especially) can play a part in improving your cholesterol ratio and protecting your blood vessels, all without sacrificing taste and satisfaction. If you haven't tried substituting butter with olive oil yet, now is the time. D'Avolio All Natural Butter Infused Organic Oil is simply sublime on pancakes or drizzled over popcorn. Try your favorite D'Avolio extra virgin olive oil tossed with some roasted or sautéed vegetables. And who needs butter with bread when you can dip it in some fresh organic Nocellara EVOO instead. Give these substitutions a shot, and you'll see how easy it can be to cut back on some saturated fat.
For more insight into Cholesterol, check out these articles:
American Heart Association, Cholesterol Levels
Inhibitory Effects of Balsamic Vinegar on LDL
Source Of Major Health Benefits In Olive Oil Revealed
Cholesterol: Top 5 foods to lower your numbers