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Heart-Healthy Secrets to Olive Oil

Discussion in 'Healthy Living' started by spandhana, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. spandhana

    spandhana Bronze IL'ite

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    Olive oil has been considered healthy for many years, but now researchers think they have pinpointed the ingredient responsible for its benefits.
    Researchers tested the effects of eating a meal with olive oil and bread and found people's blood vessels appeared healthier. That may be because of the phenolic compounds in olive oil. Phenolics are plant-based compounds that are believed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticlotting properties. They are found in higher concentrations in less-processed oils. Researchers say their results suggest virgin olive oil may be better for the heart than seed oils because it is a natural juice that does not go through the processing needed to extract oil from seeds, such as sunflowers and soybeans. Therefore, the oil retains more of its original nutrients.

    In the study, which appeared in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers compared the effects on blood-vessel function of eating virgin olive oil high in phenolics and olive oil that had been stripped of most of its phenolics. Although more studies are needed to confirm these results, experts say the findings suggest that even a very small change in diet, like using olive oil rich in phenolic compounds, may have a significant effect in reducing the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease
     
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  2. Mitra

    Mitra Senior IL'ite

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    HI ,

    That was some healthy information to share.

    Keep posting
    Mitra
     
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    geevee68 Platinum IL'ite

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    Most of you must have heard about the longevity secret of mediteranean diet.Their staple is Olive oil specially in salad dressings.Just a teaspoonful a day in salad is enough to substantiate this theory.
     
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    smartgrl Bronze IL'ite

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    yeah..thats true even i have heard that olive oil is good.
    But i was also told that olive oil should not be heated as all the nutrients will escape..is it true???
    with that being said,how can we use in indian cooking??
    like ,most of our dishes are tempering(mustard,urad dhal ,curry leaves) with hot oil..please clarify..

    thanks,
    smartgrl
     
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    vandannav Senior IL'ite

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    hi

    thanks for sharing

    vandannav.
     
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    shelydoss New IL'ite

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    Hi all frnz,

    Pls review this link and get to know the fact.. its worth spending 2 mins to stop by....save our health

    Don't Cook With Olive Oil
     

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