Olive oil is recognised as one of the bases of the Mediterranean diet, which is attributed to the lower cancer rates and low incidence of heart disease of the Mediterranean populations.
Olives and olive oil contain high monounsaturated fats, which are highly desirable, as opposed to other food high in saturated fats and polyunsaturated fats (i.e. dairy food, coconut and palm oil).
Olive oil alone is not the answer to better health, but used in a balanced diet with fruit, vegetables, cereals and grain foods as found in the Mediterranean diet, has been found by researchers to be very beneficial to their health and well being.
Olive oil also contains Omega 3 and 6, another quality important to our well-being.
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