Olive Oil (Prediabetes)

Many studies tout the benefits of eating the Mediterranean diet — the type of diet followed by people living around the Mediterranean Sea (the Spanish, French, Italians, and Greeks). Some scientists believe that the entire benefit of this diet hinges on the use of olive oil.
Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids as well as antioxidants. Extra virgin olive oil, the olive oil from the first pressing of the olives, is especially high in these healthy compounds. It’s the least processed oil and is cold pressed, meaning it’s obtained without using heat.
Olive oil keeps best in a cool, dark place. When it is exposed to oxygen, it becomes rancid. Some people suggest decanting a small amount of olive oil for immediate use and putting the rest away. Others suggest filling the space above the oil with a spray that is also used to preserve wine.
Olive oil may have the following health benefits (not all of which have been proved):
Lowering blood pressure Preventing or inhibiting cancer Preventing coronary artery disease
Lessening the severity of asthma and arthritis
Benefiting people with breast, prostate, and endometrial cancer

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