Research shows that cancer and other chronic diseases can be prevented or avoided if you strictly adhere to the Mediterranean diet.
What do you think is in Mediterranean diet that makes it so healthy? Loads of olive oil. The purer it is, the healthier it is. So if you are talking olive oil, choose the extra-virgin olive oil, its purest form called the ‘liquid gold’.
What’s in the oil?
Healthy fats. All our lives we were told not to eat fats like oil and butter because it can clog the heart and well, fatten the stomachs and hips. Well this time, there is actual research that shows that the good kind of fats is good.
Monounsaturated Fats or MUFA make up olive oil. This kind of fat is good for the heart. It lowers bad cholesterol or LDL, which when left untreated, clogs the arteries. This results to stroke and other heart diseases.
Oil vs. diseases
Studies show that if you take as much olive oil as you can, it can lower your risk of having heart or cardiovascular diseases. Also cancer and diabetes.
Aside from regulating the bad cholesterol, olive oil also prevents blood clots that cause heart attack and stroke.
Olive oil is full of anti-oxidants that fight off cancer cells.
MUFA also controls insulin and blood sugar levels, lowering the risk for type 2 diabetes, which is the more common type of diabetes. It means your body is insulin-resistant, or does not process insulin properly. If left untreated, you would need to have insulin shots to sustain body functions.
Aside from olive oil, there are a few more staples in the Mediterranean cuisine that are also healthy:
- Garlic is good for the immune system;
- Chili, whether fresh or dried, has anti-oxidants;
- Honey has anti-microbial properties, and also sweetens food naturally;
- Lemon juice is good source of vitamin C.
When you combine these other ingredients with olive oil, then you really are for a healthy treat.