Is Olive Oil Good For You?
Olive oil is a cupboard staple used in cooking around the world. But is olive oil good for you? We’ve got the lowdown here.
What is olive oil?
Olive oil is the natural fat that is contained in olives, and it has been harvested for thousands of years. The flavour of the olive oil depends on the type of olive that is used when pressed, as some are sweeter or bitter than others.
The nutritional value of olive oil
Olive oil contains properties that are good for the body. These include:
- A good source of vitamin E. Vitamin E supports the immune system, preventing disease and illness, and is also essential for healthy skin and nails, which is why olive oil is also used in beauty products like shampoo.
- A great antioxidant. Extra virgin olive oil in particular is high in antioxidants, and antioxidants in food can significantly promote good health.
- It’s also a good source of vitamin K, which is needed for skin repair.
Is olive oil good for you?
Although olive oil is 100% fat, it is intrinsic to the mediterranean diet, which has been shown to have some of the highest life expectancies in the world. In fact, research has been conducted which suggests that olive oil can be good for heart health, and reduce blood pressure. Ultimately, olive oil can be incorporated into a balanced diet and has a range of nutritional properties that mean it can be good for you.
by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at a last count) or playing tennis in the park.