Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) contains a proportion of 9 kilocalories (kcal) per gram, similar to other vegetable fats, but it is the only culinary fat that is recomended for daily use because of its low level of saturated fats, where the daily amount is up to 40 milliliters or 37 grams.
The Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Sciences (SEDCA) considers it as a staple part of the Mediterranean Diet and includes it among its dietary recommendations.
SEDCA stresses the benefits that it has for decreases the risk of cancer, diabetes and cognitive impairment. In addition, it contains antioxidant that helps to control cholesterol level and blood pressure.
Any diet to lose weight should be accompanied by physical activity and be properly supervised by nutritionists.
Obviously, it is not appropriate to abuse the consumption of any type of fat, including EVOO, however we shouldn’t totally renounce the properties that it gives us and its greater capacity to satisfy the appetite of other vegetal oils.
Most nutritionists consider the insertion of vegetable fats in our diet necessary. Within these type of fats, the extra virgin olive oil is the great ally because of its properties, it also takes less amount to cook food than if we used another type of fat.
A study by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, focusing on a six-week diet based on vegetables, shows that olive oil improves not only the quality of the diet, but also the quality of the food consumed.
EVOO is the perfect dressing, being more aromatic and tasty, for salads, to fry a chicken fillet in a pan or to prepare an oily fish.