Don’t Eat Vegetables Without Olive Oil!

We all know that veggies are awesome for your health, your waistline, and your dinner plate. Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant phytochemicals. However, it’s sometimes not enough to just crunch away at these vegetables without adding another very important nutrient. The good news is, it’s a delicious one.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that participants who added olive oil to their salads and veggie dishes absorbed much greater amounts of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Those who skipped adding the healthy fat (or chose a fat-free dressing) absorbed almost none.

Why does olive oil matter? Well, the phytochemicals are what help to fight off inflammation, defy aging and control appetite. If you’re not absorbing phytochemicals, you may as well not be eating vegetables at all, since you’d be throwing away the vast majority of what makes them healthy and nutrient.

Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats which have been shown definitively to increase veggie nutrient absorption. If you want to get the most out of your veggie intake, top off your salads with olive oil and vinegar. Also, add olive oil to your veggie side dishes and cook your vegetables in olive oil.

Olive oil has many other health benefits. For one, it can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Traditionally, a low-fat diet has been prescribed to prevent heart disease, diabetes and other risks associated with fat. However, more important than avoiding fat altogether is eating the right type of fat. A diet rich in monounsaturated fats such as those found in olive oil, nuts, and seeds actually protects from many of these chronic diseases.

Older individuals who consume olive oil every day can protect themselves from strokes, according to a study from France. The study looked at over 7,000 individuals with no history of stroke. After 5 years, they noticed that the participants who didn’t have strokes were also the individuals who used olive oil regularly for cooking and dressing food.

Olive oil has also been shown to slow down the aging of the heart. As we grow older, the heart goes through its own aging process. Arteries may not function as well as they once did, and that can lead to a host of other health problems. In a recent study, Spanish researchers found that an olive oil rich diet or other monounsaturated fats could improve the arterial function of elderly individuals.

 

Miracle Veggies

We all know that eating vegetables is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, free of processed chemicals and sugars, veggies are the cornerstone of any healthy meal. But did you know that there is a family in the vegetable world that offers more than your average benefits? Filled with fat-fighting power, the cruciferous family of vegetables offer a wide variety of choices brimming with healthy potential. From kale to cauliflower, your choices are varied enough that you can include a member of this veggie family in each meal, and never eat the same dish for weeks. But what are some of the powerful benefits of joining the cruciferous family?

Body Health: This healthy delicacy promotes the production of healthy cells and immune boosting enzymes. A protein inside the cruciferous vegetables not only help to fight off harmful bacterial infections, but they combat bowel cancer, chronic inflammation, and a host of other gut-related ailments

Anti-Aging: The benefits of this miracle veggie continue on from mere healthy living. A study conducted on this veggie family illustrated that after just three weeks of eating 1 to 2 cups of cruciferous vegetables, their oxidative stress dropped nearly 22%. The antioxidant power of these miracle greens is proof positive of its power.

Josh BezoniBattle Your Belly: Environmental estrogen is everywhere. Produced from soy, plastics, and pesticides, this chemical is capable of grabbing hold of our belly fat and keeping it there. This miracle veggie helps to fight its build-up and keep that fat off your midsection.

Bodily Function: The cruciferous family is clearly an excellent source of many things, but perhaps their strongest contribution is their heaping helping of fiber. This fiber-rich miracle food will keep you full after a large meal, maintain regularity, and promote a healthy digestive tract. Without regular fiber, you can suffer some staggering ill-effects later in life, potential even bowel cancer.

Turbocharge Your Veggies with this One Trick

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Everyone is well aware the vegetables are a non-negotiable in any reasonably balanced diet. it’s simply fact. Ask any schoolchild, and they are liable to know this to be one of the few absolutes of a healthy lifestyle. Our entire lives, in fact, have been structured around getting enough fruits and veggies. For those of us trying to lose weight and improve our body composition, this holds even more true. However, you may be surprised the failing to match a great, vitamin-rich and veggie-based diet with this one nutrient can actually prevent your body from reaching its full potential and miss out on all those great benefits that make eating right worth the effort.

Recently, the America Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that individuals who incorporate olive oil to their vegetable intake (whether that be in the form of salads, grilled, or any other method of preparation) substantially improved the amount of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that entered their system. In contrast, people who skipped adding some form of fat received relatively no added benefit.

So, why does this change the game? The fact of the matter is that food is fuel, and your diet should be constructed around fill you up with the best possible combination of nutrients to keep things running smoothly and you healthy. Phytochemicals battle inflammation, prevent the effects of again, and suppress appetite pangs. Without them, you could basically skip the meal altogether for the same effect.

Olive oil is such a crucial component of processing vegetables effectively because it is rich in monosaturated fats. This is exactly the type of fat which science has discovered elevated nutrient absorption to relatively astronomical levels. And it is such an easy fix! You can begin as simply as remembering to add a spoonful of olive oil to your salads or vegetable side dishes.