North American Olive Oil Association Blog

Keto Diet and Olive Oil

Everywhere we turn, we hear people talking about the keto diet. What is it and should you adopt it?

Dark Chocolate with Olive Oil: Heart-Healthy and Delicious

NBC medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar spoke on TODAY to discuss the heart-healthy effects of extra-virgin olive oil. A new study shows that dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil is associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile.

Dark Chocolate and EVOO Make the Perfect Healthy Combo

A new study by University of Pisa found that eating dark chocolate with extra virgin olive oil improves cardiovascular risk profile. 

What is high oleic oil?

Oleic acid is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. Some oils, such as olive oil, are naturally high in oleic acid. Extra virgin olive oil, olive oil and extra light tasting olive oil are all naturally high oleic. In fact, oleic acid is named after olive oil. 

Coconut oil is not a good replacement for olive oil

Recent research study finds, "It would be dangerous, and rather silly, to replace your extra-virgin olive oil with coconut oil."

Does light olive oil contain less calories?

While light often means that a food has fewer calories, this is not the case for olive oil. The word light refers to flavor rather than caloric content; all olive oil has 14 grams of fat per tablespoon, regardless of being named a light oil.

Celebrate heart health month with more olive oil

February is Heart Month! This is a great time to take stock of our diets and lifestyles to improve our heart health. Our favorite way, of course, is to find new ways to incorporate more olive oil into our diets. 

Olive Oil and Monounsaturated Fat [video]

As part of an overall positive lifestyle including choosing healthy foods and exercise, olive oil offers benefits to help us age more gracefully. Our bodies actually need fat for heart, brain and neurologic health, but it is important to understand the different kinds of fat and that monounsaturated fats, MUFAs, are the optimal choice.

Olive Oil and Healthy Eating [video]

Many health conditions can be prevented or even improved through a good diet. Heart disease, diabetes and inflammation are common health issues that lead to increased risk of stroke, heart attack, cancer and arthritis. 

Is unfiltered olive oil healthier?

Olive oil is basically the freshly pressed juice of an olive tree. The olive oil extraction process will result in pulp and olive particles being present in the oil. Most commercial olive oil is filtered to remove the sediment. But is unfiltered olive oil better?