15. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil is another food that we often avoid adding to our diet because it’s considered to be high in calories and unhealthy. This couldn’t be further from the truth! We need healthy fats in our diet (in moderation, of course) to promote good heart health. Olive oil contains heart-healthy antioxidants that keep your blood vessels clear and healthy.
A great way to instantly improve your diet is to replace any saturated, unhealthy fats (like butter, or other oil) with healthy extra virgin olive oil. Overall, this could aid in lowering the levels of cholesterol in the body. Lowering your levels of cholesterol can prevent you from suffering from serious heart diseases in the future.
Make sure to choose ‘extra virgin’ olive oil. Extra virgin olive is purely made from olives, whereas regular olive oil mixes other oils that don’t carry the same health benefits. Extra virgin olive oil is more refined and includes fewer impurities. Olive oil can be used on salads, used in cooking, or to dip bread in.