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    What are the health benefits of olive oil?

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    What are the health benefits of olive oil and in which parts of India olive is cultivated? Also what is a virgin olive oil and how it differs from the regular olive oil? What is the average cost of one Kg./liter of virgin olive oil and that of a regular olive oil?
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  • Olive oil can be helpful in many ways. It helps to reduce the type 2 diabetes risk. This oil is also healthy for the heart patient who are suffering from frequent mild strokes. It is also good for the people who are suffering with cholesterol. It helps during the Osteoporosis issues. People who are suffering from depression should include this in their diet. Due to it's benefit for the skin, it also being recommended by beauticians.

    Some of the companies that make the olive oil are - dabur, Kep karpin, patanjali etc.

    The difference between the regular and the virgin olive oil is the process. Some of the contents in virgin oil are not required in some scenarios. And for that the oil is being processed in the factory. No blending with other oils and chemicals happen for the virgin oil.

    In india olive oil for cooking or for other purpose is very expensive to use. The reason being the current cost just does not justify the regular use of the oil. For example 500ml costs around 390-430 Rs. Depending on the type of brand you're purchasing the cost will be different. If you're purchasing virgin olive oil then the price may start from 500 Rs in case of some brands. Most of the imported brands may cost higher and also are much pure in their form.

  • The health benefits of olive oil are more benefits nearly every day. olive oil can improve our health, and our lives.
    Disease cured by olive oil
    1 Daily use of olive oil reduces breast cancer.
    2 Olive Oil diet reduces risk of diabetes.
    3. Olive oil will prevent from strokes.
    4. Olive oil keeps the heart young.
    5. Olive oil using will protect you from depression.
    All these benefits are well known.
    The virgin olive oil starts from 195 rs to 1500 /litre depending on the type you need to buy.
    Olive oil is very good for skin treatment and hair fall.

  • Olive oil makes arteries very elastic. You should take daily two tablespoons for resisting heart attack and strokes. It reduces the levels of bad cholesterol. It makes less hungry. It lowers the risk from coronary heart ailments in women as well as for men. It reduces as well as cures acne. It relieves the pain of sunburns. It fights with breast cancer. It improves memory power. It strengthens the hair as well as it makes more flexible. Dry scalps can be prevented with olive oil. There are more health benefits from olive oil such as removing paint from the skin, prevents sagging skin, smoothens dry and rough feet, lowers blood pressure, reduces nitric acid and keeps into normal levels, kills lice.

  • The following are the benifits of Olive - oil if included in the same for the preparation of food. Some of the benifits are listed below-
    1)Breast - cancer- The photochemical known as Oleocanthal can reduce inflammation which can reduce the risk of breast - cancer.
    2) It can prevent from the Diabetes due to presence of mono and poly unsaturated fats present in the Olive - oil.
    3) It improves the heart - health.
    4) Strengthening of bones- Regular consumption of Olive - oil in moderate quantity would lead to escalation of osteocalcin - an essential component for the healthy bones.
    5) Treats depression - Olive - oil can improve the level of serotonin which can act as an anti depressant if consumed regularly in a minute quantity.
    6) Adds weight loss- The mono saturated fat is responsible for breaking down the fats from our metabolism and as such we can eliminate excess fat.
    7) Controls Cholesterol - Olive - oil contains highest level of mono saturated fats roughly 75 to 80 percent helping us to attain a higher value of HDL.
    Externally it can be used as a moisturiser by applying the same on face and hands.
    Raw oil is known as virgin oil and the same on being processed in the factory, we get the regular olive oil.
    The cost of oil varies between ?200 and ?1500 per litre depending upon the quality of the products.

  • Olive oil is best recognized for its health benefits. Being rich in monounsaturated fats it is regarded as a heart-friendly oil that keeps the arteries clean. Studies reveal that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats help increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which in turn help in maintaining cardiovascular health. The oil is also a rich source of vitamin E and many disease-fighting, antioxidant phytochemicals. The presence of saturates in olive oil is minimal, making it an excellent oil for heart health. It is believed that incidents of heart disease in Mediterranean countries are low because of a diet rich in olives and olive oil. According to studies olive oil is also packed with antioxidants that fight cancer cells, control high blood-pressure and keep bacterial infections at bay.

    There are different types of olive oils available in the market – pomace olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, light olive oil, extra light olive oil, and virgin olive oil etcetera. Selecting the right oil can be quite confusing. Since, olive oil in its purest form is the best, when shopping, look for one that has not been processed much – as it would contain the least amount of chemicals and the process would not have involved too much heat that could have altered its composition.

    The best buys would therefore be –
    • Cold pressed olive oil
    • Extra-virgin olive oil
    • Virgin olive oil

    There is a marked difference between extra-virgin olive oil and virgin olive oil. If the label says 'Virgin Olive Oil' the contents would be the unrefined oily extract of the fruit. It is acidic in nature and contains roughly 3 grams of free oleic acid in every 100 grams of oil.

    Extra virgin olive oil on the other hand is not as acidic as any of the other variants. The oleic acid level in this oil is not more than 1 gram in every 100 grams of oil. Extra virgin olive oil is highly valued. Of all the variants of olive oil that you can buy, Light, Extra light and Pomace are the most refined. These oils do not offer any of the health benefits associated with olive oil.

    The price of olive oil depends on a number of factors, namely:
    • Whether it is virgin or refined – refined varieties are cheaper, but have little health benefits
    • Where the olive was sourced – Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal and other Mediterranean countries oils are costlier
    • The brand marketing the oil – some brands like Figaro, Farrell and Borges are known for their quality and are priced higher

    Extra-virgin olive oil can cost close to Rs.1,000 a litre.

    In India olives are successfully being cultivated in parts of Rajasthan.

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  • Olive oil is a fat obtained from the fruit of the "Olea Europaea" (Olive tree), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean region, whole olives are pressed to produce olive oil.
    Olive oil has following health benefits:-
    1] Reduces cardiovascular diseases, for eg: hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, and hyperlipidemia.
    2] People who regularly eat foods fried in olive oil do not have a higher risk of heart disease or premature death.
    3] Lowers the risk of stroke specially for older people. The research team found that older people who regularly used olive oil for cooking and salad dressing or with bread had a 41% lower risk of stroke, compared with their counterparts who never consumed it.
    4] Reduces risks of depression.
    5] Helps in maintaining cholesterol levels
    6] Extra virgin olive oil and its extracts protect against oxidative damage of Hepatic tissue.
    7] Reduces risk of Diabetes.
    8] Fights against Osteoporosis (decrease in bone mass).
    9] Prevents from skin cancer.
    10] Olive oil also controls high blood pressure.
    11] Keeps bacterial infections away.
    12] Helps in preventing blood clots.
    13] Keeps immune system strong.
    Nutritional values of Oilve Oil:
    1] Energy 3701 kJ
    2] Carbohydrates 0 g
    3] Fat 100 g.
    saturated 14 g
    monounsaturated 73 g
    polyunsaturated 11 g
    3] Protein 0 g
    4] Vitamin E 14 mg
    5] Vitamin K 62 mg

    The oil is used in cosmetics, medicine, cooking and soaps, and was also used as a fuel for traditional lamps, today it is used worldwide.

    There are different types of olive oils available in the market – extra virgin olive oil, light olive oil, extra light olive oil, and virgin olive oil etc.
    In India Olive oil is cultivated in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

  • There are various benefits of olive oil. Here I am going to mention a few:

    1-Olive oil could be great for health of hairs as it contains Vitamin E in good amounts.
    2-Olive oil prevents breast cancer as it contains oleuropein. According to a study, regular use of olive oil in meal can reduce the chances of breast cancer by 62%.
    3-Olive oil is great for skin health. Since it is rich in Vitamin E, it prevents acne and inflammation.
    4-It could be used as moisturizer to get rid of dry skin.
    5-Olive oil increases levels of serotonin which treats depression.
    6-Since the levels of saturated and polyunsaturated fats are so low in olive oil, it controls the cholesterol levels. Also the levels of monounsaturated fat are quite high in olive oil so it also helps in building good cholesterol and HDL.

    Olive oil is mostly cultivated in Rajasthan,Uttar Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir and Himanchal Pradesh. Other states might join in soon as we have at least 10-12 states which are potential olive producers because it needs a warm and subtropical climate. Rajasthan government provides subsidy on olive cultivation to the farmers.

    Now have a look at what virgin olive oil is and how is it different from regular olive oil. Virgin olive oil is pure olive oil which is not extracted from fruit using chemicals and heat. You can say it is unrefined form of olive oil. On the other hand regular olive oil is simply a mixture of virgin olive oil and refined olive oil (extracted through chemical and heating process).

    Average cost of regular olive oil is around 350 INR for 1000 ML while it's around 620 for virgin olive oil. Hope this helps you. Thanks.

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