Olive Oil – Natural Health, and Weight Loss Food!

by Maria on November 20, 2013

According to the November 2nd issue of Woman’s World, Dancing with the Stars pro, Karina Smirnoff’s weight loss secret is a tablespoon of olive oil a day!

The monounsaturated fat-rich olive oil is a key component of the scientifically acknowledged Mediterranean diet, and is known for its health and weight loss benefits.

How  Can Olive Oil  Help you to Lose Weight?

Research suggests that replacing other types of fats with monounsaturated fat, especially olive oil, helps people lose a moderate amount of weight and keep it off without additional food restriction or physical activity. In fact, a number of studies showed that a diet, high in monounsaturated fat and low in carbohydrates, actually resulted in more weight loss than a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet.

Also, scientists speculate that because monounsaturated fat is more satisfying than other types of fat, people eat less of it.

What is more, several other studies indicate that monounsaturated fat may even enhance the body’s breakdown of stored fat.

Thus, an increase in monounsaturated fat in the diet (along with, presumably, an equivalent decrease in saturated-fat intake) may help you to lose body fat and weight.

However,  olive oil will be most effective at boosting weight loss when combined with an exercise plan and a healthy, balanced diet.

Also, it’s important to remember that any oil — even “healthy” oil contains plenty of calories, and should be used in moderation!

What are the Health Benefits of Olive Oil?

For starters, this “smart fat” is a good source of vitamin E, carotenoids, and polyphenolic compounds.

 Health experts suggest that it provides a wide range of health benefits, including:

  • Preventing: cancer, heart attack and stroke, ear aches and infections, and gall stones;
  • Treating indigestion;
  • Healing stomach ulcers;
  • Cleansing  the colon;
  • Rejuvenating damaged hearing;
  • Improving your mood;
  • Softening calluses;
  • Relieving irritated skin around the eyes;
  • Healing frostbite;
  • Strengthening weak fingernails;
  • Reducing scarring;
  • Softening rough skin;
  • Reversing hair loss;
  • And may even play a helpful role in diabetes.

Virgin and extra virgin oils are considered the fruitiest and the finest type, and are best used in uncooked dishes, or at low-to-medium temperatures. Use this flavorful oil for salad dressings,  for adding it to a dish after cooking, in place of butter on potatoes and  bread. Drizzle it over pasta, or cooked vegetables.

 “Light” or “mild” olive oils have undergone an extremely fine filtration process to remove most of the natural color, aroma, and flavor. This makes them suitable for cooking or baking.

An important point to remember is that antioxidants in olive oil fall sharply after 12 months in storage — even under the best of storage conditions.

Also, to prevent the formation of cell-damaging free radicals, store olive oil either in tinted glass or stainless steel containers in a cool, dark place; the refrigerator is ideal.

Finally, whether you are trying to lose weight, or to ward off harmful diseases, this “liquid gold” can be a simple remedy you can try!

 

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