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Health - Wellness
How Eating Lots Of Olive Oil Actually Affects Your Gut
Eating olive oil can improve your gut health, leading to a stronger immune system, lower risk of heart disease, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and cancer, and a better mood.
A 2018 Food and Function study found that extra virgin olive oil polyphenols can inhibit the growth of harmful pathogenic bacteria, fostering a healthier gut environment.
Per a 2020 study in Nutrients, the phenolic compounds in olive oil can positively alter gut microbiota, supporting immunity, aiding weight loss, and improving cholesterol health.
Experts recommend consuming 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil daily. Avoid overconsumption, which can lead to excess calorie intake, weight gain, and diarrhea.