Benefits of olive oil

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Homer called olive oil "Liquid Gold" and Sophocles described it as the «Nurse of children» (paidotrofon). For the Mediterranean population, olive oil, beyond its nutritional and therapeutic properties, has been an indicator of wealth and power.
In recent years people talk about the Cretan diet as a model of a healthy life style, which is mainly based on olive oil, vegetables, and fruits. Studies have shown that the Crete population has a lower mortality rate due to less coronary-related diseases compared to other populations. This protective action of olive oil is due to the large amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to secure the heart, in contrast to other animal-derived fats (butter, margarine, etc.) which are enriched in saturated fatty acids.
Other scientific evidence suggests that the high consumption of olive oil reduces the levels of LDL cholesterol but does not decrease the levels of HDL cholesterol as do other oils.
As the nutritional and biological value is very high for humans, olive oil is among the 10 most beneficial foods.