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Olive oil is not just a dietary staple in the Mediterranean region. It also enjoys an honorable reputation in the United States. As a food ingredient, olives themselves are made up of 18 to 28 percent oil. About 75 percent of it is heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acid or MUFA. Commercial producers press fresh olives harvested mainly in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. These countries include Italy, Spain, and Greece. In fact, 98 percent of the world's olive oil production comes from just 17 countries. Good-quality olive oil offers many health benefits and contains essential vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. This oil is also gentle on your digestive system and prevents gallstones and soothes ulcers. It also delays or eliminates the onset of diabetes and promotes weight loss. If olive oil isn't yet a regular part of your diet, it's about time you change that.

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1. Helps Fight Diabetes

Eating extra virgin olive oil as a part of your balanced diet may help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Many ads and promotions try to convince viewers that eating low-fat is the best approach. However, people should not forget about the healthy fats that are essential for overall good health. Some of the fats in the oil can reduce the risk of developing diabetes almost by half. An anti-inflammatory agent in olive oil fights the specific inflammation that is the underlying cause of diabetes. Coat your roasted veggies in olive oil and sprinkle them with some sea salt and thyme. When you take them out of the oven, you'll enjoy a delicious taste and yummy texture.

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