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So What is So Good About Olive Oil?Eating is just not as fun as it used to be. I have to watch what Iím eating, how much and especially the kind of fat.

Thatís why, lucky for us, not all fat is bad. Thankfully, olive oil is not only good for you, itís good to eat.

It has monounsaturated fat which can lower your risk of heart disease by reducing the low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol levels in your blood.

To gain the benefits, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually recommends two tablespoons of olive oil a day. But have you tried buying olive oil lately?

Itís almost like buying wine because there are so many types. Which ones are best for you?

All types of olive oil contain monounsaturated fat but "extra-virgin" or "virgin" olive oils are the least processed and the most heart healthy. Those types also contain the highest levels of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that also promote heart health.

Scientists in Portugal may have identified the antioxidant thatís so beneficial. Itís called DHPEA-EDA and itís better than anything else at protecting red blood cells from oxidative damage.

Thatís damage from unstable oxygen molecules or free radicals, which cause red blood cells to burst, resulting in arterial damage that contributes to heart disease.

Free radicals are also destructive when they interact with LDL. The resulting oxidized LDL attacks the lining of the arteries and causes cholesterol to adhere.

Over time, the artery walls thicken until blood flow is slowed or restricted.

But the study found that DHPEA-EDA increased the stability of LDL so that it does not become oxidized. Scientists also found that as much as half of the antioxidants in virgin olive oils are DHPEA-EDA.

So eat up this good fat — guilt free!

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For more information…

The original article that presented the data about the productive effects of DHPEA-EDA in olive oil can be read here.

For readable summaries of the research about the active ingredients in olive oil please go here, here, or here.

For information about the heart healthy eating options including the advantages of using olive oil read the article here and another article here.

Additional information about the value of certain oils in the diet can be found here.


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