Olive Oil and Health
Olive Oil is the key component of the much promoted Mediterranean diet. The diets of Spain, Greece, Italy and France actually vary greatly but the common denominator between them is Olive Oil. Hippocrates, father of Medicine, repeatedly referred in his work to the beneficial attributes of olive oil to health in general, calling it "the great therapeutic".
Don Carlos Olive Oil is 100% natural (the oil in your bottle is the actual juice squeezed from the olives and includes no chemicals nor additives of any kind). The beneficial health effects of olive oil are due to both its high content of both monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants.
Types Of Fats
Saturated fat contributes the most to elevating blood cholesterol levels, especially LDL (the bad cholesterol). Typically saturated fat is found in animal fats and tropical oils. They tend to be more solid at room temperature.
Unsaturated fats (poly and mono) have less of an effect on elevating blood cholesterol levels. Research has shown that Mono-unsaturated fats (found in olive oil) may help increase HDL (the good cholesterol).
Trans-fatty acids occur when liquid fat is altered through a chemical process called hydrogenation to make the fat more solid at room temperature. Margarine and shortening are examples. Trans-fats tend to have more of an effect on elevating blood cholesterol levels, expecially LDL.