Essential Benefits of Olive Oil For Diabetes
Olive Oil is a staple of the highly suggested Mediterranean diet.Did you know that 1 tablespoon of olive oil contains 14 grams of total fat, 2 grams of saturated fats, no fiber, no sugar, no cholesterol and no fiber.
Additionally, Olive Oil is a great source of Vitamins E and K and no protein — so all the calories come from fats. What makes olive oil so great to use is the types of fat it contains. For example, Olive Oil contains 1318 mg of omega-6 fats and 103 mg of omega-3 fats. In addition, it contains over 10 grams of either mono- or poly-unsaturated fats—the healthier types of fats.
Furthermore, Olive Oil also has almost 30 g of phytosterols, a type of plant substance that is chemically comparable to cholesterol but assist in maintaining heart health because it inhibits the absorption of cholesterol from food and lowers the amount of LDL cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol that is associated with heart disease.
Finally, olive oil is rich in antioxidants like oleocanthal and oleuropein — those plant substances that can help reduce the oxidative damage caused to our bodies by high levels of blood sugar.
It does get upsetting, but the fact is that there are lots of people out there making and selling olive oil with less than 100% olive oil! Olive oil has become so popular, there are a variety of forms of olive oil that are not pure olive oil.
The first thing to do is to purchase reputable, well- known brands of olive oil and only buy 100% extra virgin olive oil — extra virgin olive oil is pressed — it is not subjected to any heat or any chemicals, it is simply pressed.
You can check out the testing sites or look for these labels indicating that the companies voluntarily have their olive oil tested for purity.
Learn How Olive OilHelp With Diabetes
Olive oil can help in diabetes in a variety of ways:
- Olive oil is, as mentioned, high in antioxidants. Antioxidants can help moderate the damage that is due to the oxidative stress caused by high levels of sugar in the blood — and in that way, reduce the risk of the complications of diabetes, including diabetic neuropathy, retinal neuropathy, high blood pressure and heart disease.
- Olive oil is an anti-inflammatory food. Since inflammation is at the root of a high percentage if not all chronic diseases, using olive oil can actually help reduce this inflammation and the damage that long-term inflammation can inflict on cells. Additionally, long-term inflammation is thought to play an essential role in diabetes and the complications of diabetes. The primary substance in olive oil that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent is oleocanthal, which acts on the COX enzyme system in a way similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen.
- Olive Oil reduces the risk of vascular and heart disease by:
- Reducing inflammation
Overall, extra virgin olive oil is immensely recommended – you can use it on:
- Drizzle it on breads
- And use it in cooking
...Though using lower heats may provide the best benefits because there is less chance of heat damage to the fats in olive oil.
- Alexis Barros