An olive-oil-rich diet is not only a good alternative in the treatment of diabetes, but also helps in preventing or delaying the onset of the disease.
Obesity and abdominal fat:
Olive oil is high in calories like any other fats and oils, but the research states that, there is less obesity amongst the Mediterranean peoples, who consume the most of olive oil. Olive-oil- rich diet helps in greater and long lasting weight loss than a low- fat- diet. Moderate amounts of olive oil will also reduce abdominal fat, if eaten as part of a diet high in plant foods.
Olive oil plays a key role in foetal development during pregnancy. If women consume olive oil during pregnancy, they give birth to children better in terms of height, weight behaviour and psychomotor reflexes.
Olive oil plays an important role in the prevention of continuous oxidation, one of the processes that influences the development of certain types of skin cancer.
Good quality olive oil contains a natural chemical that acts like a painkiller. 50g of extra-virgin olive oil was equivalent to about a tenth of a dose of ibuprofen.
A mono unsaturated fatty acid called Oleic acid has significant protective effects against cancer. It has the ability to reduce the affect of an oncogene, a gene that will turn a host cell into a cancer cell. It can even help to fight breast cancer.
It maintains metabolism and contributes to the development of the brain and bones in children. It is also recommended as a source of vitamin E for older people.
Olive oil also acts like a natural anti-oxidant, that slows down the natural aging process. It also slows down acid overproduction in the digestive system thereby diminishing the potential for ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems.
Source: The Times Of India