Is this really a surprise? Olive oil is constantly praised for its health-promoting properties -- increasing healthy cholesterol levels, fighting free-radical damage, protecting the blood vessels. For some elite athletes who are pushing themselves to the limit and needing to consume a large amount of calories daily to keep up with the energy expended, adding a few tablespoons of pure, extra virgin olive oil to food that’s already been cooked can be a healthy way to add nutrient-dense calories and good fats to a meal.
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