Top 10 Untold Truths of Olive Oil

Olive oil is a staple food of the Mediterranean diet.
Nowadays, science is beginning to uncover it’s untold truths, as olive oil is full
of natural wonders to help you lose weight, stay young and stave off disease. Endorsed
by UK Chef Jamie Oliver and Jeanne Calment (the oldest woman ever) as the secret to remaining
youthful, could olive oil really be the elixir of life? Well let’s find out as we uncover
the top 10 untold truths of olive oil. Olive oil is full of antioxidants Olive oil contains a cocktail of antioxidants
including Vitamin E, carotenoids (naturally found in carrots, corn and other healthy foods)
and phenolic compounds (found in fresh fruit and veg). These antioxidants are found in
higher quantities in Virgin olive oils. Olive oil is an oil from fruit, which means that
it has vitamins that you can’t get from other oils. Olives have a characteristically
high antioxidant content as they grow in air and must defend themselves from oxygen as
it is broken down into damage-causing free radicals. This natural ability is conferred
to the oil when it is manufactured, which means that the antioxidants can then protect
your cells from harmful oxygen radicals. Free radicals have been linked to aging, as they
can affect DNA and proteins in your cells. It seems Italy may have cracked the code to
aging, as they have one of the highest centenarian populations in the world. Although it isn’t
just the olives, researchers have found that these centenarians have higher levels of antioxidants
than the average Joe. So, if you’re looking to live longer, a Mediterranean diet full
of olive oil might be the way to go! Olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties Inflammatory issues are often associated with
diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis. Inflammation can be
associated with diet, and anti-inflammatory foods are recommended to manage inflammatory
diseases. Olive oil is a great source of phenolic compounds, which have been identified as potent
anti-inflammatory chemicals and can protect against chronic inflammation. One particular
compound is called oleocanthal and is found mainly in olive oil, and scientists say it
has similar anti-inflammatory powers to ibuprofen. This could be an alternative treatment for
some people who take ibuprofen regularly as it has fewer side effects and can be incorporated
into food easily. As inflammation is a key stage in cancer development, these properties
are now being investigated as a ‘compound of interest’ in cancer research. Research
on cancer cells in the lab has shown oleocanthal can reduce cancer growth and increase cancer
cell death, although this hasn’t been tested in people yet. While olive oil alone won’t
cure cancer, a diet enriched with anti-inflammatory compounds may contribute to some alleviation
of the symptoms of inflammatory diseases. It seems that the benefits of olive oil may
go beyond just reducing fat as it might actually improve your overall health and reduce disease. Olive oil may prevent strokes and heart disease Heart disease and strokes are huge killers
in developed countries, representing the first and second most common causes of death. Olive
oil is high in monounsaturated fats, especially oleic acid, which are much healthier than
the saturated fats normally found in lard and fatty red meats. A review of studies with
over 800,000 subjects found that oleic acid in olive oil can lower overall mortality,
especially from cardiovascular and stroke events. Olive oil is therefore strongly correlated
with a lower risk of strokes and heart disease. The lowered risk of these diseases from making
the change to olive oil is also coupled with the anti-inflammatory properties, which means
it doesn’t just lower your risk but can actively help you to make your heart healthier.
As it protects bad cholesterol (LDL) from oxidation, it improves cardiac health in the
long-term by preventing your arteries from hardening. If you’re interested in getting
a healthier heart, switching to extra virgin olive oil could be a great start to improve
your diet. Olive oil? More like Alive oil! Using olive oil in baked goods prolongs shelf-life Olive oil has a large amount of vitamin E,
which is well known as a preservative and is often used in makeup to extend its shelf-life.
Olive oil can also be used in baking as an alternative to vegetable oil, and is especially
tasty in breads. For recipes with butter, use 3 tablespoons oil for every 1/4 cup butter,
as long as it’s not for creaming with sugar. Recipes with oils can be substituted without
any quantity conversion. If you’re using it for brownies or other sweet goods, however,
you might want to use half olive oil and half whatever oil you like, as olive oil does tend
to have a savory tang to it. As well as vitamin E, olive oil contains biophenols which have
also been catching the attention of scientists as a potential alternative to traditional
preservative chemicals. The ability to increase shelf life comes from their natural anti-oxidant
properties which are good for protecting the food and for your body. Other benefits of
making the switch are the lower saturated fat content and health properties such as
lowered reduced heart disease risk. Being healthier can be as easy as switching your
oil, so you can have your cake and eat it too! Olive oil can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s It has been reported recently that olive oil
may reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a leading cause of dementia. As seen
in other experiments, olive oil is really good at decreasing inflammation, which is
good, as brain inflammation is one of the characteristics seen in brains with Alzheimer’s
disease. Research has also found that extra virgin olive oil increases autophagy, which
is when your cells destroy excess materials that build up. The build up of small proteins
called ‘amyloid-beta’ proteins causes plaques in Alzheimer’s disease, which kills
brain cells. Tau proteins also cause tangles in the brain which can damage the cells. Tests
in mice have shown that extra virgin olive oil prevents tangles and lowers the amount
of harmful amyloid-beta protein in their brains. They found that the olive oil group had improved
memory and lower inflammation in the brain. This means that stimulating your body to clear
away these proteins by autophagy before they build up may help to prevent Alzheimer’s from
developing. Although mice are not humans, there is also an association with people eating
a Mediterranean diet and lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease. So apparently, a bit of olive oil could definitely
help to keep your body AND your mind healthy as you age. Olive oil may reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes Type 2 diabetes causes blood sugar levels
to increase to dangerous levels due to troubles with insulin. As our diets get more and more
unhealthy, type 2 diabetes has been steadily on the rise. Dietary habits can increase your
risk of type 2 diabetes. For example, eating large amounts of fried, processed and high-fat
foods increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, the Mediterranean diet
has been proven to decrease your risk of diabetes, and your risk can be lowered more by adding
olive oil into the mix. In research, the group who had olive oil with their food had a 10%
chance of diabetes, compared with the 17% for the normal population. This improvement
was seen regardless of any weight lost during the study, so there’s something kind of
magical about the olives. Other studies have found that it can help you become more sensitive
to insulin. A chemical called oleuropein in olives causes the pancreas to release more
insulin and breaks down proteins that build up to damage the pancreas. In other words,
oleuropein can help you to keep your blood glucose more manageable. So given all this,
it seems olive oil can both prevent and help you to live with type 2 diabetes. Olive oil does not cause weight gain So at this point, you might be thinking ‘it
does sound good, but i can’t just eat oil all day without putting loads of weight on!’.
Actually, if oil is something you use often, switching to olive oil might actually help
you to lose weight, even without cutting down your usage. Eating a Mediterranean diet has
been shown to reduce obesity and lower BMI. Studies have also shown that even people who
consume a large amount of olive oil do not have a higher risk of weight gain or obesity,
and the same cannot be said for people who eat large amounts of other cooking oils. This
is because, while olive oil is high in fat, the monounsaturated fats release the same
amount of energy as the saturated fats but may prevent body fat from building up. Olive
oil is also one of the best sources of monounsaturated fats, along with nuts and seeds. Diets high
in these monounsaturated fats have also been shown to be at least as effective as low-fat,
high-carb diets at helping you to lose weight. Experts say that, as long as the calories
you eat per day isn’t changing, switching to olive oil can help you to stay healthy
and reduce your risk of obesity. When you consider that weight-related diseases such
as heart disease and diabetes are also helped by olive oil, this is a really incredible
food for your overall health. Who would’ve thought that oil could be so healthy? Olive oil could be great for your skin Olive oil can be used on the skin for a range
of things from removing makeup to soothing sunburn. As an after-sun treatment, olive
oil not only calms and moisturizes the skin, but has been shown to protect UV damaged skin
against cancer in mice, (although this hasn’t been tested in humans). Olive oil is also
effective at improving wound-healing, as using olive oil along with routine care dramatically
improved ulcers of type 2 diabetes patients. This might be because olive oil has natural
anti-microbial properties, which can help to keep it clean and prevent infection. Olive
oil is also used in natural makeup removers for this reason, and that the fats help to
break down the water-resistant or waterproof makeup and gently lift them off the skin.
If you want to use olive oil on your face, the recommendation is to use it sparingly
and wipe off the excess to prevent clogging pores. For best results, the higher quality
oils should be used as they are purer and better for the skin. It is also worth saying
that this will not work for everyone, and should not be used on people with sensitive
or damaged skin, such as eczema sufferers or babies. Research has found that in these
cases, it can make skin worse and so a patch test is recommended before you try this natural
skincare regime. Olive oil comes in many forms Olive oil can either be refined, virgin or
extra-virgin, and these can be very different. Extra virgin olive oil is regarded as the
tastiest, most nutritious and is normally more expensive. To be classified as extra
virgin olive oil, the oil must be taken from the first press of the olives, normally within
a day of harvesting. The oil is extracted from grinding and pressing the olives without
heat or chemicals. It also has to adhere to strict regulations around its acidity and
fat content to be certified as top-quality oil. It has the strongest taste and aroma,
but takes the most time to produce and perfect, which is why it has the bigger price tag.
Virgin olive oil is also from the first press but has less strict rules around acidity and
generally has a milder taste than extra virgin. Refined oil is made by heating the pulp left
from the pressing and refining the oil extract using chemical agents to remove impurities.
This is high in fat and is acidic, but loses the antioxidants and flavor that the extra
virgin olive oil has. Manufacturers often add a splash of extra-virgin olive oil into
the mix to make it more palatable. Manufacturers may label this as ‘pure olive oil’ to
make it look more like the extra-virgin olive oil, but double-check  to make sure you’re
buying the one you want. You need to look after your olive oil! Olive oil has delicate flavors and compounds
and loses a lot of its taste and healing ability during storage. While it can be kept unopened
for up to 2 years in some cases, the story changes once you crack it open, as you have
30-60 days to get the most out of your oil. To keep it fresher for longer, you should
avoid exposing it to sunlight, heat and oxygen, as the compounds that give its taste and health
benefits are very sensitive. Most olive oils are put into a dark bottle to prevent light
from affecting the taste. Due to its sensitivity, you should also store the oil in a cool, dark
cupboard away from the stove or oven. If you are cooking at high temperatures, the taste
of extra virgin olive oil may be affected, so to save money many people use refined oil
instead as there is little taste difference. Having said that, the nutrient content of
refined oil is much lower, so it might not be ideal if you are looking for a healthier
oil to cook with. If you do decide to use extra-virgin, just like a wine, when you reseal
the bottle, make sure it is tightly shut to keep the oxygen out. This prevents oxidation,
which can damage the important and delicate chemicals in the oil. If you don’t use much
oil at a time, my recommendation would be to buy small amounts often so that you’re
always getting the full benefits of the oil. You can always find more great BabbleTop videos
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Reader Comments

  1. FreE Spirit

    I love olive oil for pasta to keep the noodles from sticking together.
    (Any oil can keep pasta from sticking together but others don't provide the same favour we can get from olive oil )

  2. Samantha MacDoo

    Corn is not healthy I was told. I don't know if that has to do with everything they're spraying on it or if it's just not good for your body. Somebody?

  3. MKJ23_Productions

    I didn't know olive oil, especially, extra virgin olive oil was so good and important for SO many different things! Great video! 👍

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  5. Johnny OriasYt

    OK now I know the secret of olive oil

    Me:Watch this Video.
    Mom:*Finish The Video*I'm Gonna drink 1cup Olive oil a day honey do it with me
    Me:s.sure 🙁
    Mom:Rule 1:do not eat food
    Rule 2:do not drink Water
    Rule 3:only Olive oil to drink and eat
    Me:*Packing my clothes* Bye mom…


    I love olive oil and knowing this Im eating it a bit more cuz I’m eating is a lot already 😅
    😀🍸(pretend that’s olive oil)

  7. Josh McIver

    I never knew the benefits of extra virgin olive oil, but it's fascinating… to be honest I really only think about it when I'm at a fancy restaurant and they serve it with bread and vinegar or herbs… which is super rare. maybe once a year.

    Sounds silly, but I did have a soak in the tub once with epsom salts and olive oil for a horrible sunburn once and it helped a lot.
    two polar opposite ends of the spectrum, but there ya go!

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