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Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat callous oleic acid which keep your heart healthy and blood sugar levels stable. This can also help assist in weight loss and the fat in olive oil are great energy boosters, helping you perform better during exercise.
Performing better during moderate cardio exercise can help you burn more calories which makes olive oil a great addition to your diet.
It can be used as a healthy alternative to other fats like butter and refined oils.
While it is high in calories, a small amount of oil can go a long way and it is mainly packed with healthy fats, a little like avocado.
Olive oil can be used as a salad dressing, mixed into pasta or soups, drizzled onto pizza or vegetables, or incorporated into baked goods.
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One study found men with obesity who replaced saturated fat with monounsaturated fats in their diet like olive oil experience significant weight loss.
Diets also rich in monounsaturated fats have also been shown to prevent weight gain, a struggle many face when losing a large amount of fat.
The Mediterranean diet is a popular diet adopted by those living on the borders of the Mediterranean Sea, such as those living in countries like France, Greece, Italy and Spain.
Research into the diet has shown it may reduce the risk of developing conditions like type two diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol which are all risk factors for heart disease.
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