Olive oil is good or bad for diabetes
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Hi, I am Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I will answer the question, is olive oil good for diabetes. But before you get into that, be sure to download my free diabetes management book, which also includes a guide to grocery shopping for diabetes (foods to eat and avoid).
Canola and olive oil are the most commonly used oils in today's kitchen. Both are thought to be heart-friendly as well as tastier than vegetable based oils.
Olive oil is a fat obtained from the fruit of Olea europaea (olive). It is pressed in many different ways, to give different degrees. Olive trees from different regions have different flavors making choosing olive oil a difficult decision at times.
The different variations can be a big difference when it comes to the health benefits of olive oil.
One of the main problems with olive oil today is consumer confusion and consumer fraud. Spain is the largest producer of olive oil, but the best oils still come from Italy. The problem is that some companies actually send their oil to Italy to be bottled so they can claim that their oil came from Italy. One of the worst practices is that companies will mix oils so that the acidity level is 1% and can claim to be "extra virgin". We will explain how this classification is given soon.
For an oil to be marked as "virgin" olive oil must be obtained by a physical pressing and can not undergo any other refining process.
For an olive oil to be "extra virgin" the olives go through the same process, except that it can not have more than one acidity level of 1%. These oils have the highest levels of polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids and the lowest levels of saturated fats and omega-6 fatty acids.
Many studies have now shown that a diet rich in olive oil can help in the prevention of diabetes because it reduces the levels of glucose, LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
Most studies will say however that if you really want to take advantage of the benefits of olive oil, it has to be a good quality extra virgin olive oil and you should not cook with it. Cooking oil destroys many of the healthy properties.
So, is olive oil good for diabetes? An extra virgin olive oil of good quality is good for diabetes. But beware, a good EVOO quality is not cheap. Go to your local market and grab a $ 5 gallon jar that says it's extra virgin is not going to cut.
A good quality EVOO will cost you more than a dollar a ounce. A 16 ounce bottle of pretty good quality will run around $ 20. Do not be fooled by the labeling and customer confusion.
I hope this answers your question is good or bad olive oil for diabetes. Do not forget to get your diabetes management book.
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