The magic of olive oil

The magic of olive oil

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Flavor and tradition come together in this authentic liquid gold that is revered today for its health benefits. Discover its best kept secrets.

Heart friendly fats.

Olive oil is the richest vegetable oil in monounsaturated fatty acids (70%), mainly oleic acid. Peanut oils (48%) and corn (33%) follow far behind, with a higher presence of saturated and polyunsaturated fats. Diets high in monounsaturated fatty acids produce a more favorable metabolic profile, with greater reductions in total cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as an increase in high-density lipoproteins (HDL, the so-called "good" cholesterol) and a decrease in those of low density (LDL, the "bad"), all associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease.

On the other hand, the polyunsaturated fats in olive oil (10.5%) present linoleic and linolenic acids in healthier proportions for the body than many other vegetable oils.

Digestive ally.

On the gastrointestinal tract, olive oil provides different benefits. In the stomach, it is the best tolerated fat since it does not promote esophageal reflux. Protects the stomach mucosa by reducing gastric juice secretion and promoting healing, thereby reducing the size of ulcers. Prevents constipation, enhances the detoxifying properties of the liver and helps the production and release of bile.

Antioxidant power.

Virgin olive oil contains compounds with antioxidant functions: polyphenols and vitamin E. These polyphenols, including oleuropein, are easily digested and absorbed, which allows them to have a protective effect against oxidative stress and damage. produced by free radicals.

Healthy bones and skin.

Olive oil applied to the skin acts as an emollient thanks to its essential fatty acids, and as a protector from solar radiation due to its vitamin E content. In the bone system it improves mineralization, since oleuropein, in addition to preventing stress oxidative, helps prevent loss of bone mass.

Tastier recipes

Oil is both food and complement, art and part of many recipes. The same goes for a cold or hot dish, sweet than salty or light than strong. An excess of oil can make a recipe less digestive, but in the right measure it is delicious and healthy.

Choose an oil

In addition to virgin or extra virgin whenever possible, it is advisable to choose:

For salads and cold sauces, the sweetest and softest oils, with almond nuances and little astringent.

For stir-fries, stews, pickles and fish sauces, the best are aromatics with a lot of olive flavor.

Ibán Yarza (history and health) and Montse Tàpia TÀPIA (cuisine)

Video: The Healing Power of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Seeing Is Believing - Dr. Alan Mandell,. (July 2022).


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