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Olive Oil & Health
Olive oil is not only delicious, but healthy too!
Olive oil contains oleic acid, which contributes to the maintenance of normal cholesterol levels when substitute saturated fat in the diet.
For example, olive oil contains more unsaturated fatty acids than butter, margarine and other fats. It also contains natural antioxidants, which protect our cells against ageing. Olive oil leaves no waste products of any kind in the body as it is 100% digestible, unlike other oils. Furthermore, olive oil is naturally rich in vitamin E.
The nutritional values of all Carbonell olive oil varieties are as follows per 100 ml:
Energy / Calories: 3389 KJ/ 824 kcal.
Proteins: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 0 g
Of which sugars: 0 g
Fats 91 g
Of which saturated fats: 12 g
Of which monounsaturated fats: 72 g
Of which polyunsaturated fats: 7 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fibre: 0 g
Sodium: 0 g
Vitamin E: 18 g (150% of Recommended Daily Amount)
Scientific research has shown that the use of olive oil helps to take care of your heart because olive oil is high in unsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid). Oleic acid contributes to the maintenance of normal cholesterol levels when substitute saturated fat in the diet.
Fats consist of three different types of fatty acids: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids mainly occur in animal products. They can increase the level of cholesterol in the blood, thus increasing the chance of cardiovascular diseases. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids mainly occur in plant-based oils. Both types, but mainly polyunsaturated fatty acids, can in fact maintain normal cholesterol levels.
Not all fats are absorbed into the body in the same way. Recent studies in this field have demonstrated that olive oil is 100% digestible, whereas other oils are far less digestible, as shown by the overview below:
Olive oil: 100%
Sunflower oil: 83%
Groundnut oil: 81%
Linseed oil: 79%
Sesame oil: 57%
Poppy-seed oil: 48%
Corn oil: 36%