Fit tip: All about oil

The Gym fit tip - All about oil

HEALTH:

We all know that olive oil is good for us - but do you know why? The beneficial health effects of olive oil are largely due to its high monounsaturated fat content, most notably oleic acid (a source of omega 9 fatty acids). These heart-healthy fats offer protection against heart disease by potentially helping to reduce blood pressure, modulate cholesterol levels and strengthen blood vessels.

EXERCISE:

Oleocanthal is the compound responsible for the slightly peppery "bite" of extra virgin olive oil. It is thought to possess anti-inflammatory properties similar to the pain reliever ibuprofen, meaning that regular consumption may help to reduce post-workout aches and pains without having to reach for the medicine cabinet.

NUTRITION:

Olive oil is one of the most stable fats, meaning it stands up well to high temperatures. Try roasting a selection of colourful mixed vegetables (such as onion, peppers, sweet potato, tomato and butternut squash) plus cubed halloumi cheese in a light spray of olive oil for a nutritious lunch or side dish. The mix of protein and carbs is ideal following a tough workout!

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