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September 2009 Issue

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Health-Protective Effects of Olive Oil

So what’s the special ingredient in olive oil that confers health properties? It may be more than one. First, olive oil is comprised of 77 percent monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that is known to lower blood cholesterol levels. One study showed that two tablespoons a day of olive oil added to an unchanged diet resulted in significant drops in total and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

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