Have you given into the coconut oil hype?
Coconut oil has certainly gained a lot of popularity and hype in the last few years, but the humble olive oil (in particular extra virgin olive oil) has solid research to display it’s beneficial health effects.
Olive oil is most known for its beneficial unsaturated fat and polyphenol content.
Polyphenols are bioactive compounds which have been proven to provide positive health effects through their protective properties.
However, these are usually present in highest amounts in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then the levels will depend on freshness, the olive cultivator, the environment and technological factors.
Regardless of whether olive oil is Extra Virgin Olive Oil or just conventional olive oil, it will still be a rich source of the heart-healthy unsaturated fatty acids.
Olive oil is typically a large part of the Mediterranean diet, which has been long linked to lower levels of chronic disease and is conducive of a long, healthy life expectancy.