Extra virgin olive oil gives your food a delicious taste and flavour - but even more importantly, it is a much healthier choice than refined seed oils and animal fats. In this section, you can learn about recent scientific studies, strongly suggesting that people using olive oil as a main source of fat in their diets have a smaller risk of developing serious conditions including heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, dementia and depression.
Some of these health benefits are associated with the special nutritional profile of extra virgin olive oil. It is rich in polyphenols that, according to research, have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, mono-unsaturated fatty acids that can keep your heart and arteries healthy, Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids as well as vitamins E and K.
Scientists believe that these components of olive oil are among the health-promoting factors of the famous Mediterranean diet that has been included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.