OLIVE OIL For Weight Loss

OLIVE OIL For Weight Loss

Olive oil has become a popular addition to the Western diet; after thousands of years, the nutritional benefits of olive oil are being researched and acclaimed the world over. The exceptionally rich mono-unsaturated content (74%) is ideal for lowering blood cholesterol levels and especially for protection from the low density lipoproteins, as olive oil is less likely to oxidise and form into arterial plaque. The substance oleuropein, in olives, inhibits the sticking of monocyte cells to the arterial walls.

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When olive oil replaces saturated animal fats in the diet, a great improvement in arterial health and cholesterol levels occurs. The polyunsaturated content of olive oil supplies a small amount of both omega-3 (0.7g) and omega-6 (8g), plus a good supply of vitamin E (14mg) and vitamin K (60mcg). Olive oil can be used as a replacement for butter; in Italy, bread is dipped into olive oil and served with lunch salads and pasta. The oleic acid content of olive oil is helpful for reducing inflammation in cases of rheumatoid arthritis and may also help in cases of asthma. Olive oil has proved beneficial in reducing the risk of colon cancer and also for reduction of the high triglyceride level in some diabetics. Virgin olive oil mixed with walnut oil in salad dressings is wonderful.

NOTE: d.v. refers to the daily value for women 25-50 years, refer to RDI chart for adult male and child values.

VITAMIN E CALORIES – total: 884 kcal. per 100 grams

15.7mg Saturated: 16.9g Poly: 32g Mono: 46.2g

Peanut oil is obtained from the Arachis hypogaea plant; it is a legume. Peanut oil is often referred to as ‘arachis’. Cold-pressed peanut oil is composed of 80% unsaturated lipids and 20% saturated. The valuable supply of essential unsaturated fatty acids is mainly in the form of oleic acid (70%) and polyunsaturated linoleic acid, or omega-6 (20%). The method of oil extraction is most important to the quality of peanut oil. The cold-pressed oil is the best choice. Peanut oil helps transport adrenaline throughout the body. Peanut oil is a good cooking oil as it can be used several times without breaking down. The fair supply of vitamin E with cold-pressed peanut oil is a bonus for the circulatory system.

VITAMIN E CALORIES – total: 884 kcal. per 100 grams

34.1mg. Saturated: 6.2g Poly: 74.6g Mono: 14.4g

Safflower oil is obtained from the safflower seed, which is a member of the Compositae family of plants and one that ancient civilisations cultivated near the banks of the River Nile. Safflower oil is the richest source of unsaturated lipids, with linoleic acid being the dominant essential fatty acid. Nearly 90% of safflower oil is unsaturated, and over 70% (74g) is in the form of linoleic acid (omega-6) and 20% oleic acid. Safflower oil supplies 10g of linoleic acid per tablespoon. A most common result of a linoleic acid deficiency is dermatitis; this is also prompted by excess emotional stress and physical exhaustion. This high proportion of unsaturated lipids gives safflower oil the ability to protect your body against excess blood cholesterol caused from excess consumption of animal fats and a lack of natural whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. A high blood cholesterol level can be most detrimental to the heart muscles and the circulatory system. Such symptoms as arteriosclerosis, heart disease, chilblains and cramps may all be due to excess blood cholesterol levels. As safflower oil does not provide omega-3 (linolenic acid), it is best to ensure that the diet also includes such foods as salmon, fish, walnuts, pepitas and flax oil, as there may be a link between excess intake of omega-6 and heart disease. Margarine is a common source of omega-6, so spread lightly.

Add a tablespoon of flax oil to your safflower oil bottle for a balanced oil.

VITAMIN E CALORIES – total: 884 kcal. per 100 grams

9.2mg Saturated: 14.4g Poly: 57.9g Mono: 23.3g

OLIVE OIL For Weight Loss

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