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The health benefits of olive oil are unrivaled, and research reveals more benefits nearly every day. In fact, we are only just beginning to understand the countless ways outstanding olive oil can improve our health. We’ve long known that olive oil is an incredible flavor profile and a healthy alternative for cooking. Olive oil is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet and is also considered an essential nutritional mainstay for the world’s longest-living cultures. Take a look at some of the incredible health benefits that olive oil can add to your diet and your life.
Outstanding olive oil has been shown to reduce the risks of type 2 diabetes and strokes. We now know that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats such as the ones found in olive oil, nuts, and seeds actually protects from many chronic diseases. A study published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care showed that a Mediterranean style diet rich in olive oil reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost 50% compared to a low-fat diet. And, older individuals who consume olive oil daily may be protecting themselves from a stroke. A recent study in France identified thousands of individuals over the age of 65 and monitored their diets. Those with high olive oil consumption were found to have a 30% decrease in risks factors for strokes.
A diet rich in outstanding olive oil may actually be able to slow down the aging of the heart, too. In a recent study, Spanish researchers discovered that a diet rich in olive oil or other monounsaturated fats could improve the arterial function of elderly individuals. These individuals were also found to have lower risks for osteoporosis, depression and skin cancer. All from outstanding olive oil and its rich antibiotic properties.
The most exciting discovery could be that olive oil may protect against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in Western countries. While a diet rich in fats is directly related to a higher incidence of cancer, some types of fats can actually play a protective role in the development of these tumors. Such is the case of virgin olive oil which is rich in oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fatty acid and contains several antioxidants. A moderate and regular intake of virgin olive oil, characteristic of the Mediterranean diet, is associated with a low incidence of specific types of cancer, including breast cancer, as well as with having a protective role against coronary diseases and other health problems.
Farmview Market carries a variety of olive oils from producers all across Georgia. You can select extra virgin olive oils from local companies such as Georgia Olive Farms, Oliver Farms, Town Square Olive Oil, and Solio Family. Town Square Olive Oil produces special blends of fruit flavored olive oils like blood orange flavored oil that’s perfect for desserts or salads! Farmview Market also has a selection of our own Select Blend of olive oil, so you can find your perfect flavor for your best dishes. Stop in to find high-quality olive oils for your health and culinary needs!
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