An ever-increasing body of research strongly supports the many health benefits of adding Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to our diets. Extra Virgin Olive Oil has more commonly been described as a “healthy fat.” And for good reasons.
On February 13th, 2017, the journal Circulation released a new study conducted at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute in Barcelona, in which researchers may have found a link between adding extra virgin olive oil to a Mediterranean diet and heart health. They concluded that it “may be tied to a lower risk of heart disease at least in part because it helps maintain healthy blood flow and clear debris from arteries.”
“A Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil improves the function of high-density lipoproteins, HDL, popularly known as `good’ cholesterol,” said lead study author Dr. Alvaro Hernáez.”
“Hernáez and colleagues examined data on 296 older adults at risk for cardiovascular disease who were randomly assigned to one of three diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with one liter per week (about 34 fluid ounces) of extra virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with 30 grams (1 oz) of nuts a day, or a low-fat diet. Participants were 66 years old on average, and they were asked to follow their assigned diet for one year.”
The researchers found that the health tests of the participants assigned to the group with adding extra virgin olive oil to their Mediterranean Diet exhibited better HDL results.
It’s important to remember, however, that not all olive oils contain the same health benefits. With the many different grades and qualities of olive oil on the market today, make sure to use an authentic, high quality 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, such as the Cucina & Amore Fruttato or Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oils.