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Page 26 | Abby's Magazine | Even though it is a fat, olive oil is an essen al part of a healthy diet. The top- rated diet for heart health and longevity, the Mediterranean diet, features olive oil as a main source of fat. The secret to olive oil's healthy benefits are the substances it contains, including fat molecules and nutrients. The Right Fat for Your Health The majority of the fat in olive oil is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fa y acid. This healthy fat can have a variety of proven benefits. • Studies show that monounsaturated fa y acids help lower total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) protein, the "bad" form of cholesterol that is associated with cardiovascular problems. • Some studies suggest that olive oil helps maintain healthy blood sugar and insulin levels, lowering your risk of blood sugar issues. • A study of 841,000 people found olive oil consump on was related to a lower risk of unhealthy cardiovascular condi ons. Saturated Fats in a Supporting Role Olive oil contains a small amount of saturated fats, including omega-3 and omega-6 fa y acids. Studies show these fats may also have health benefits, such as: • Healthier blood pressure • Lower levels of triglycerides (fats) in your blood • Be er brain development in babies when pregnant women consume omega-3 fats • Improved skin and hair growth Other Health Benefits and Nutrients Olive oil also contains small amounts of Vitamin E, an an oxidant, and Vitamin K. These nutrients can also help with healthy cholesterol levels and inflamma on response throughout your body. Inflamma on in the body is increasingly being linked to a higher risk of serious diseases. Healthy inflamma on response can also support healthy joints and diges ve system, though more research is needed in these areas. Choose the Right Olive Oil for Your Diet Extra virgin olive oil is the only type that contains all of the nutrients and healthy fa y acids listed above. Choose a high-quality oil that is freshly harvested; the more recently, the be er, as olive oil can go rancid. You may want to choose U.S. olive oils to ensure freshness. Though it has many health benefits, olive oil is s ll high in calories and can cause weight gain when used too much. It's good, though, to use it in place of bu er, margarine or other oils to reap the great benefits of its monounsaturated fats and an oxidants. Enzyme products, such as Enzymedica's Lypo Gold™, can help support healthy diges on of all fats, saturated and unsaturated alike. This supplement provides addi onal diges ve support, so you can enjoy foods you love. Now Available at Abby's Organic Extra Virgin Unrefined Greek Olive Oil. Health Benefits of Olive Oil by Addison Best, Enzymedica Do you have a question for Abby's Nutrition Specialists? Send it by clicking the CONTACT US link on our website. Check for the Answers in our next issue. Abby's Nutrition Specialists also offer free consultations. Please call (813) 265-4951 between the hours of: Mon-Sat – 8am – 9pm Sunday – 9am – 8pm Or come in to see us so we can help you in person! 14374 N. Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL 33618

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