We can hardly believe that 2016 has come and that 2015 is just a passing memory. So many of us at My Olive Tree have been working tirelessly toward continuing our work in the desert of Israel, that the year seemed to pass way too quickly. Although there hasn’t been much time to set aside for preparing this year’s goal’s and aspirations, we find that one is an absolute must…include extra virgin Olive Oil in our New Year’s resolutions.
When we compare the amount of saturated fat found in butters and other fats, the numbers are astounding. Not only is EVOO better for your heart, cognitive brain function, joints and digestion, but it’s also great for your skin and hair health, as well.
Olive Oil Times shared several reasons why you might like to include adding extra virgin olive oil to your diet as a New Year’s Resolution, and we’ve shared just a few of them here.
It tastes good.
Pleasure — one of the best reasons to do anything. Olive oil just tastes good. Extra virgin olive oils range in from delicate to robust and more people are discovering their interesting taste characteristics.
It can help you lose weight.
It appears that monounsaturated fats, the kind found in olive oil, when replacing saturated fats, may encourage weight loss. Olive oil consumption has been shown to break down fats inside fat cells, get rid of belly fat, and reduce insulin insensitivity.
You may live longer.
Because it is rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, olive oil has been shown to help prevent or lessen the effects of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer, as well as a host of other illnesses and conditions.
You might get smarter.
Studies have shown that diets rich in monounsaturated fat (the sort of fat in olive oil) can prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging and in diseases like Alzheimer’s.
You will glow from the inside out.
Olive oil contains vitamins A, D, K and E, which help protect against free radicals and cell oxidation, which can lead to premature aging. Some of the best beauty benefits of olive oil come from the inside out.
Your children may be born healthier.
Studies have shown that the consumption of olive oil during pregnancy can improve a child’s psychomotor reflexes and give them other developmental advantages.
You will feel less pain.
Olive oil can act as a natural Ibuprofen. It contains oleocanthal, a substance with anti-inflammatory agents.
You will have more energy.
Your circulation will improve and you’ll be able to breath easier. Olive Oil can increase blood flow and help lessen the effects of illnesses such as asthma through its anti-inflammatory properties.
You may be more resistant to infection.
Olive oil contains high levels of antioxidants, including polyphenols, vitamins E, chlorophyll and carotenoids. Antioxidants are key to strengthening the immune system and protecting the body.
My Olive Tree would like to wish you a very Happy New Year. May this be our healthiest and best year yet!
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