Extra Virgin Olive Oil Health Benefits
True 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is extremely high in antioxidants and contains organic compounds known as phenols. Studies have shown that it improves cardiac health, helps lower blood pressure, protects against diabetes and certain types of common cancers, eases symptoms of ulcers and gastritis, lowers gallstone formation, and lowers the concentration of “bad” cholesterol in the blood.
It’s also anti-inflammatory, which helps heart health and all types of arthritis. Recent studies have additionally shown that EVOO has a protective effect on bone density, slowing down bone loss in the aging and fostering healthy growth in children.
Always consult your doctor before making changes to your diet, especially if you are experiencing health problems, or you suspect you may have health issues.
According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type-2 diabetes. In January of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 13.2% of Hispanics have diabetes, compared to 7.6% of Non-Hispanic Whites.
The National Council of La Raza recently published “The Food Environment and Latino’s Access to Healthy Foods” as part of their 2010 Profiles of Latino Health. Findings showed that Hispanic families are less likely than non-Hispanic White families to live in neighborhoods where healthy food is available and sold at affordable prices.