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Olive oil, a source of health

Wiki Spanish Food editorial team

Olive oils are one of Spain's great gastronomictreasures. They are considered to be one of the best vegetable fats as they have very positive effects on health.

Oil is also a part of the world of beauty, due to its positive effects on skin and the body, with the result that it's the main ingredient in various cosmetic treatments.

Extra virgin is olive oil par excellence. It has unique aromas and flavors and outstanding antioxidant capacity, and all of these characteristics make it the best oil, in both gastronomic and health terms.Olive oil is the essence of Spanish culture.

Oil has beneficial effects because it's rich in fatty acids and antioxidants.The main fatty acid in olive oil is oleic, a monosaturated fatty acid.Olive oil, and especially extra virgin, contains other substances as well, such as carotene, sterols, and phenolic compounds with positive effects on the body.

There are many studies which accredit consumption with helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, controlling illnesses which increase the risk of diabetes and obesity, among others.

Oleic acid is the main component in olive oil which helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) without reducing levels of good cholesterol (HDL).Moreover, consumption improves metabolism.

Olive oils should be a basic ingredient in the diet. The daily recommended intake is 2 to 6 soup spoons.

Olive oil as a source of beauty

This wonderful component of the Mediterranean diet also has its place in the world of cosmetics and beauty, due to its many uses. Olive oil is one of the most effective natural moisturizers that exists, and it helps palliate dry skin. Extra virgin olive oils also have the capacity to repair damaged skin tissue, and they are applied to scars as their vitamins help in skin repair.

Due to its natural fatty acids and vitamin K and E content, this "liquid gold" is an excellent alternative to combat premature aging of the skin, helping maintain natural elasticity.

It also has a high level of antioxidants, which helps adults maintain strong bones and strengthen childrens' bones.

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