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Studies have shown the preventative prowess of a diet high in EVOO to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease substantially. EVOO is one of the world’s healthiest fats, with a long list of proven benefits, especially when paired with delicious foods to help strengthen your immune system and take good care of your heart. Here’s why:
EVOO's antioxidant compound oleocanthal reduces inflammation in the body, a major cause of heart disease.
EVOO improves the function of “good” HDL cholesterol and prevents “bad” LDL cholesterol from oxidizing.
The daily consumption of EVOO can lower blood pressure and, in some cases, reduce the need for hypertensive medications.
The antioxidants in EVOO, such as polyphenols, may help prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke.
How much EVOO should I eat each day to protect my heart?The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends the daily consumption of approximately two tablespoons of EVOO.
Swap heavy cheese or mayo-based dips or spreads for plant-based dips made with EVOO. Here’s how to build a no-fuss hummus plate starring Mediterranean ingredients loaded with nutrients and big on flavor: place a scoop of your favorite hummus on a plate and scatter with olives, slices of jarred roasted bell peppers, and a handful of greens. For added flavor and health benefits, drizzle EVOO over the top of the hummus.