Before analyzing the role of EVOO in weight loss, we should solve one of the great enigmas… Does EVOO make you fat?
The calories in olive oil will depend on the variety of olive, as well as the production and filtration process. In general, each 15-milliliter tablespoon of olive oil provides 119 calories and 13.5 grams of fat, so excessive consumption can be counterproductive. However, if we use it in moderation, within a healthy diet, its consumption, far from gaining weight, can contribute to weight loss.
Olive oil contains a large amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, unsaturated fats of vegetable origin (90%), most of which is oleic fatty acid. Monounsaturated fatty acids are healthy fats, necessary and essential for life. They do not accumulate in the arteries or veins in the form of cholesterol, unlike saturated fats. But this would not be the only benefit:
– They can help us reduce our cholesterol. Olive oil is high in omega 3 and omega 6 acids. These acids help us transport bad cholesterol to the liver for its subsequent elimination.
– Contains a large amount of natural antioxidants that will help us combat cell aging, regulate blood pressure and prevent diseases such as fibromyalgia or cancer.
– Help to better control weight. It will help us control appetite due to seotonin; a satiety hormone.
– They favor the transport of vitamins A, D, E and K to other cells in our body.
In the following link, it was analyzed how a diet enriched with olive oil for at least 12 weeks would reduce weight more than following the same diet without said ingredient.
Thus, the final conclusion would be that a moderate and balanced consumption of EVOO within a healthy diet can provide the body with multiple benefits.
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