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Is olive oil good for you?

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Olive oil is good for people because it is healthy for the heart, lowers cholesterol, controls blood sugar, prevents cell damage and functions as an anti-inflammatory. Some research is geared toward finding other potential benefits of an antioxidant found in olive oil, as of 2014.

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Every kind of olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, also called MUFAs. MUFAs are considered healthy unsaturated fats that lower cholesterol and promote healthy blood clotting, which decreases the risk for heart disease. Polyphenols are antioxidants found in olive oil that have been shown to prevent cell damage and decrease inflammation. Researchers are studying the possible benefits of polyphenols on the bones, digestive system and cognitive function, as of 2014. Olive oil is a great substitute for saturated fats, but adding it to unhealthy foods does not render them healthy.

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