Why is Olive Oil used extensively in the Mediterranean Diet?

The basis of Mediterranean diet is olive oil, which is a good source of monounsaturated fat. Its magic lies in the plethora of health benefits it has to offer. Here are some benefits of olive oil.

  • Consuming olive oil can actually help lower harmful LDL cholesterol.
  • Olive oil contains antioxidants that discourage artery clogging and chronic diseases, including cancer.
  • Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), C, D, E and K and iron.
  • Olive oil acts as a mild laxative; it is a friend to the intestine and an enemy of ulcers and gastritis. When consumed before a meal, olive oil protects the stomach from ulcers.
  • Olive oil has been regarded as the ‘beauty oil’. The body's cells incorporate the valuable fatty acids from the oil, making arteries more supple and skin more lustrous.
  • The amount of oleic acid in olive oil is about the same as that found in a mother's milk and is thus the best growth supplement for infants.
  • Olive oil is effective in treating urinary tract infections and gall bladder problems.
  • Olive oil is a perfect remedy for gastritis in children.
  • Olive oil accelerates brain development, and strengthens the bones.
  • Olive oil is cholesterol free and has been found to lower the degree of absorption of edible fats, and consequently slowing down the aging process.

Oil, olive, salad or cooking

The nutritional values of "Oil, olive, salad or cooking" per 100 grams are:
Nutrition Summary
Total Calories 884
Protein 0 g
Fat 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 0 g
NutrientsAmount%Daily Value
Calcium, Ca 1 mg 0.1 %
Copper, Cu 0 mg 0 %
Iron, Fe 0.56  mg 3.11 %
Magnesium, Mg 0 mg 0 %
Manganese, Mn 0 mg 0 %
Phosphorus, P 0 mg 0 %
Potassium, K 1  mg 0.03 %
Selenium, Se 0 mcg 0 %
Sodium, Na 2 mg 0.08 %
Zinc, Zn 0 mg 0 %
Vitamin A 0  IU 0 %
Vitamin C 0 mg 0 %
Vitamin B6 0 mg 0 %
Vitamin E 14.35 mg 47.83 %
Vitamin K 60.2  mcg 75.25 %
Riboflavin 0  mg 0 %
Thiamin 0 mg 0 %
Folate, DFE 0  mcg 0 %
Niacin 0  mg 0 %
Sugars 0 g
Fiber 0  g 0 %
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Water 0 g
Carotene, alpha 0 mcg
Carotene, beta 0  mcg
Choline 0.3 mg
Lycopene 0  mcg
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Data source: USDA Nutrient Database, R25
*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

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