Olive Oil

Extra-virgin olive oil is made from pure, cold-pressed olives, whereas regular olive oil is a blend, including both cold-pressed and processed oils. Extra virgin olive oil is one of the key ingredients in this diet, protecting against heart disease in several ways (19). It lowers inflammation, protects “bad” LDL cholesterol from oxidation, improves the lining of your blood vessels and may help prevent excessive blood clotting ( 20 , 21 , 22 , 23 , 24 , 25 ).