Olive oil contains oleic acid – which reduces cellular inflammation. Saturated fats on the other hand, such as butter â€“ increase cellular inflammation which cause a whole slew of ugly chain reactions. The one youâ€™ll notice the most at first is that they drain your energy.
Saturated fats can actually change your cellular structure allowing for cancer to spread. The oleic acid in olive oil on the other hand will stop a host cell from turning into a cancer cell, and help protect cells from carcinogens.
Adding olive oil to an already low fat diet helps prevent heart disease, and helps diabetics control blood sugar levels and triglycerides.
Olive oil helps the body produce anti-inflammatory chemicals which helps those with inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and asthma.
Heating olive oil takes away itâ€™s nutritional benefits, but itâ€™s still healthier than using saturated fats to cook with. I use coconut oil for a lot of my cooking.
In Italy, they dip their Italian bread (French and Italian bread is lower in fat than white bread to begin with) in olive oil mixed with herbs, and maybe some parmesan cheese. Yummy!