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Why Olive Oil Needs to be in Your Diet

June 17, 2011

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“Fat” gets a bad rap, but if we’re talking about the macronutrient, it’s a vital part of a balanced diet.  The key is to pick the right fats, so may we recommend olive oil?

This nutritional gem will not only add smooth richness to your sautéed vegetables or grilled fish, but olive oil also has an array of benefits beyond pure deliciousness. The antioxidant rich oil has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease, and a new study in France has linked olive oil to a reduced risk of stroke, too!

The study, featured in TIME Magazine, reports that participants who claimed a “heavy” use of olive oil were 41% less likely to suffer a stroke over the five-year span of follow-up.

As if you needed one more reason to love olive oil!

Many of these benefits are attributed to olive oil’s relatively high percentage of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat (73%) as compared to other oils, like canola oil (63%) or corn oil (25%).

There are many creative ways to get olive oil into your diet from drizzling over your raw salads, adding to smoothies or creating your own dressings. Check out our recipe page under sauces and dressings for some new ideas using olive oil.

Feel free to say yes to this good fat. Maybe it will save your life!

How do you work olive oil into your balanced diet?