Health Benefits

Benefits of Consuming Fresh, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich in the “good fat,” formally known as monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat lowers total cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and lowering LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol. Incorporating monounsaturated fat into your diet will improve sensitivity to insulin, lower blood sugar, and help prevent pesky fat from sitting in the midsection.

Along with being a “good fat,” olive oil contains polyphenols, which is an antioxidant that benefits the heart, arteries, digestive system and cancer. Typically, higher polyphenols means fresher, higher-quality extra virgin olive oil. Various findings through clinical data suggest consuming olive oil can provide heart health benefits, including cholesterol regulation

HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES & TIPS:

  • Replace butter with extra virgin olive oil on your favorite breads, potatoes, or other vegetables
  • Swap your salad dressing(s) for our extra virgin olive oils for a healthier option
  • Flavor your fresh-cooked meals with extra virgin olive oil to enhance flavor and increase nutrient intake
  • To preserve phenol content (freshness) and prevent exposure to light, purchase cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil that is sold in opaque packaging

 

Benefits of Consuming Balsamic Vinegars

Balsamic vinegar contains most of the nutrients from the original grapes, including nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. By incorporating balsamic vinegars into your daily regimen, your body will conveniently intake more vitamins while appreciating added health benefits:

Antioxidant Properties
Antioxidants found in balsamic vinegar help prevent clogged arteries as they target “scavenger cells,” which are harmful to the body and increase inflammation.

Fights Cancer
The grapes used to create balsamic vinegar are known to contain a bioflavonoid called quercetin, which has antioxidant properties. This antioxidant strengthens immune systems to fight infectious diseases and inflammations. Polyphenols are also found in balsamic vinegar which are known to be anticancer agents.

Reduces Risks of Heart Attacks
Low in saturated fat, balsamic vinegar is believed to reduce cholesterol. Because it’s also low in sodium, balsamic vinegar enhances heart health and reduces high blood pressure.

Controls Diabetes
Research shows that a daily intake of 5 teaspoons or more of balsamic vinegar enhances sensitivity to insulin. Insulin sensitivity is crucial in controlling diabetes.

Natural Pain Reliever
Hundreds of years ago, healers used balsamic vinegar to relieve pain in their patients. It was also commonly used to treat wounds and infections, due to the anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties found in balsamic vinegar.

Assists Digestion
Balsamic vinegar improves digestion as polyphenols fund in the vinegar play a role in breaking down proteins into amino acids and then help the intestine effectively absorb those amino acids. Proper absorption aids the body in cell building, repair, and other body maintenance work.

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