If you want to live a healthy life, extra virgin olive oil can make a great contribution due to its components. Fats play an important role and they do not have to be bad. You can distinguish fats into two separate categories, which are saturated fats and unsaturated fats. Saturated fats in large amounts are undesired, because they can increase HDL, which is the bad form of cholesterol, which is known to make your arteries clog. To live a healthier lifestyle and reduce your risk for cardiovascular diseases it is important to make sure your diet contains unsaturated fats. The Olive Oil Cartel Extra Virgin Olive Oil provides you with these healthier fats that can lower HDL (bad cholesterol).

Saturated fats mostly come from animal products. At room temperature they are usually solidified. Saturated fats are present in butters, cheeses, meats, processed food and pastries. There are also fats that do not come from animals, but still contain high levels of saturated fats, which are Coconut oil and palm oil.

Unsaturated fats, the healthy fats, usually come from vegetable origin or from a fatty fish. At room temperature, they are soft or liquid. There are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The difference can be found in the structure.

According to the American Heart Association, replacing saturated fats with healthier unsaturated fatty acids reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and increases overall health. Extra virgin Olive Oil contain these healthier fats that can contribute to a healthier lifestyle and overall wellbeing. We need to take care of our self in this fast paced life and the best way to do this is to start from within to make sure we get the right nutrition to benefit our bodies so we can have more energy to tackle daily life and feel happy in our body. Improving your diet with healthy choices can significantly improve mental health as well.

Olive oil contains more than 93% unsaturated fats and therefore helps to lower your HDL cholesterol levels.

It has been scientifically proven that a Mediterranean diet can result into a longer life because it can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammation and neurodegenerative conditions. About 85% of the fat content in the Mediterranean diet comes from olive oil. This fat content contains for the most part monounsaturated fatty acids (Oleic Acid). According to NCBI, oleic acid was the predominant monounsaturated fatty acid (41.93% in human milk)

Olive oil is obtained by pressing the fruits of the olive tree directly. So it's actually a fruit juice. In contrast to, for example, refined oil from plant seeds, olive oil, in addition to the healthy fats, is also rich in components that are also of great importance for health; carotenes, tocopherols, phytosterols and the phenolic components.

What should you pay attention to?

  • Choose a high quality, unprocessed olive oil like The Olive Oil Cartel Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Make sure you eat fibers for a healthy digestion
  • Check up on vitamin and especially mineral deficiencies in your bloodwork
  • Eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily
  • Limit meat intake and try to opt for fatty fish and vegetarian meals
  • Drink a lot of water and try to limit alcohol, soda and replace your afternoon coffee for a cup of green tea
  • Make sure you eat nuts and seeds
  • Try to keep moving. Going for a walk, even if it is a small walk, is better than not doing it at all.
  • Surround yourself with positivity. You are in control of this

Living a healthy lifestyle can be very difficult. We live in a fast paced world where we have so much on our plate that it can be hard and expensive to live healthier, but trust me: The hardest part is to start. You can do this!

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Written by Angela Katharina de Jong

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