Know in ancient times as “juice of the gods”, olive oil has only enhanced its reputation over the years. While it may not be the ticket to immortality, there is evidence that it can lead to a longer and healthier life.
“The traditional Mediterranean diet is high in olive oil and certainly there’s evidence to suggest these people live longer and have fewer lifestyle diseases than we get in Australia,” said Alan Barclay, from the Dieticians’ Association of Australia.
“Of course there are many other factors that are part of the Mediterranean diet but olive oil is a big part of it.”
Nutritionally, olive oil is a complex substance, jam-packed full of health-giving properties.
“It’s one of the best sources of monounsaturated fats and definitely one of the tastiest,” Mr Barclay said.
“The nearest competitor is canola oil, which is also high in omega 3 fat content, but not as high in antioxidants as olive oil. Olive oil is also more versatile than canola, which is pretty tasteless.”
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