Why you need to include Olive Oil to your daily diet
Everyone seems to be crazy about Coconut oil these days. It's a star oil in the fitness industry and there is some belief that it melts away your body fat (or that it won't make you fat). But the hard truth is it's still a fat, so it can make you fat if you eat too much (and that's not hard to do). Don't get me wrong - I love coconut oil, especially when making protein snacks, but that's all I use it for (and a hair conditioner). Now Olive Oil is still 100% fat, but it is lower in saturated fat and has a higher nutrient content. I use Olive Oil on my salads as a dressing and also for cooking. If you want to use Coconut Oil, use it very sparingly.
Here's a few good reasons why you should be consuming more Olive Oil:
A component in olive oil called oleuropein has been shown to cause your body to burn more fat. Oleuropein is a phenol that causes white fat cells to act more like brown fat cells. Brown fat cells contain lots of ravenous mitochondria that take in nutrients and release heat. The more brown fat you have, (or the more fat you have that acts like brown fat), the more calories you burn.
Olive oil can increase insulin sensitivity. Through its phenols and polyphenols, Olive Oil reduces muscle insulin resistance. Lowered insulin resistance and, as a result, increased insulin sensitivity, is not only good for your health, but also for your waistline and your muscles. Insulin sensitive muscles are hugely receptive to receiving nutrients, which leads to growth. If muscle cells aren't sensitive to insulin, nutrients get stored as fat.
Olive oil reduces your chances of getting a wide range of illnesses and diseases, mainly due to its effects on insulin resistance, the polyphenols it contains, and its antioxidant potential. Olive oil has been shown to slow down the aging of the heart, reduce the risk of colon cancer, skin cancer, and maintain calcium levels in bones, plus lower blood pressure, and even fight depression.
And there are plenty of ways to get more olive oil into your daily diet. Add it to salads, soups, sprinkle over your vegetables, as a delicious dip with dukkah, or just add it to your smoothie recipe.
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