You have likely heard that olive oil is one of the healthiest oil choices for cooking and eating. Olive oil is high in fat, but most of it is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, according to the American Heart Association. Choosing olive oil over less healthy fats, such as butter, may benefit your heart and lower your cholesterol level. As if these benefits were not enough, olive oil may also contribute to healthy digestion.
Because of its texture and consistency, olive oil lubricates your digestive system, helping everything move more easily through the colon. It contains fats, or monounsaturated oils, that increase the speed of bowel evacuation. In addition to stimulating the release of bile, olive oil stimulates intestinal muscle contractions, which soften stools and makes them easier to evacuate.
Your pancreas is often an overlooked part of the digestive system, but it is essential for hormone production and for producing enzymes the small intestine needs to digest your food. Olive oil is particularly beneficial to your pancreas because it only requires your pancreas to produce a small amount of digestive enzymes, which means that it is working less, reports the before mentioned study in "Gracas y Aceites”. This benefits your pancreas by keeping it strong and healthy.
Your large and small intestines are essential for digesting your food and getting the nutrients throughout your body. Eating olive oil in place of less healthy oils can improve the efficiency of your intestines. Olive oil also encourages your intestines to absorb more of the vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat, which makes it beneficial for individuals suffering from digestive disorders, reports the 2004 study in "Gracas y Aceites."
Olive Oil is said to stimulates the gallbladder, causing the release of bile, which helps digest the fats in your digestive tract. In addition to stimulating the release of bile, olive oil stimulates intestinal muscle contractions, which soften stools and makes them easier to evacuate.