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If extra virgin olive oil is a fat, how is possible that is good for your heart?

Extra virgin olive oil is one of the fundamental pillars on which the Mediterranean Diet is based, being the main contributor of fat. The beneficial effects associated with the consumption of olive oil have been widely described and recognized by many studies, among which is PREDIMED, which recommends regular consumption of extra virgin olive oil. The health statement regarding the phenols of olive oil indicates that these compounds protect blood lipids from oxidative stress, a key mechanism in the development of various pathologies, particularly cardiovascular disease.