In good conscience and with the best medical opinion available today, we can state that olive oil is positively good for you.
Olive oil's full benefits are as yet unknown, but every day it seems, there is a new study done that extols the potential of some specific health benefit.
What is overall low acidity? Tuscan Olive Oil, if harvested correctly should not have more than 0.3% of overall acidity. Any other acidity value makes us suspect the worst! We are proud of the fact that our oil possesses a truly low percentage of overall fatty acids. The lower the acidity, the lighter the food you cook or dress with is to digest.
Further, there are two types of blood cholesterol: LDL and HDL. HDL is beneficial while LDL is not. Monounsaturated fatty acid has the twin benefits of reducing LDL levels while leaving HDL levels untouched.
In sum, olive oil has beneficial fat that is actually good for the cholesterol level, helping prevent hardened arteries and heart diseases.
The high flame point, compared to other oils, makes olive oil also a favorable oil for sauteing, avoiding undesirable flavors and carcinogenic fatty acids that form in any oil exposed to temperatures above the flame point. It is expensive, but surely the best way for frying!
Some of the studies mentioned above have concluded that olive oil is high in Vitamin E and F. It aids digestion by protecting the mucous membranes and stimulating the gall bladder. It actively prevents gall stones and aids the assimilation of vitamins and minerals. One study has demonstrated that monounsaturated fatty acid is helpful to people suffering from non-insulin dependent diabetes.
Other studies document a high interferon level in Olive oil, suggesting it to be an excellent prevention against cancer.