Did you know olive oil contains a potent mix of antioxidants that can lower a classic symptom of PCOS, namely heart-damaging? At the same time, olive oil leaves your HDL “good” cholesterol untouched.
Check with your doctor before adding olive oil to your diet on a regular basis and tell him or her that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends using about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil a day in place of other fats to receive its heart benefits.
To add olive oil to your diet, you can saute vegetables in it, add it to a marinade or mix it with vinegar as a salad dressing.
You can also use olive oil as a substitute for butter when basting meat or as a dip for bread. Olive oil is high in calories, however, so don’t consume more than the recommended amount.
Research suggests the cholesterol-lowering effects are even greater if you choose extra-virgin olive oil. This means the oil is less processed and contains more heart-healthy antioxidants.
Keep in mind that “light” olive oils are usually more processed than extra-virgin or virgin olive oils and are lighter in color but not in fat or calories.