I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to highlight this superfood, but better late than never! I’ve always been obsessed with olive oil, on salad, bread, in stir-fries, on vegetables and dressings. However, ever since my excursion in Italy, my obsession has only intensified, and now I use olive oil on everything, even things that it probably shouldn’t be used with. Not only is olive oil delicious, it has fantastic health benefits!
Olive oil is comprised of 77% monounsaturated fats, which are considered the “good” fats. Studies have shown that mono and poly-unsaturated fats can reduce your LDL [bad] cholesterol when they are used in part with a low-fat diet. Along with lowing cholesterol, these good fats also may assist in reducing heart disease. Like polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats provide essential fatty acids for healthy skin and the development of body cells. Keep your fat levels around 25-35% of total calories, though, to stay on track with weight loss and weight maintenance.