Olive Oil Will Extend Your Life

 

Want to improve your health and even live longer? Don’t skimp on those healthy fats!

A Mediterranean diet, modified to include plenty of olive oil and nuts, has been shown to lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke, and dying from a cardiovascular-related reason by a whopping 30%. That is, at least, according to a new study, primarily funded by the Spanish government, that tracked over 7,000 people between the ages of 55 and 80 for nearly five years.

Prior research has linked a Mediterranean diet, heavy on fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and grains and low on processed foods, red meat and dairy, to a healthier heart. This is the first time, though, that researchers have been able to single out the effects of diet, and not other lifestyle choices, on heart health. The researchers studied three groups — one, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra olive oil, two, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra nuts, and a third control group, who ate a more general low-fat diet.

So what’s the takeaway here? Well, essentially, diet places a bigger role on your heart’s health than previously thought. And, because cardiovascular conditions are the leading cause of death in the United States, having a healthy diet is advice we should all take to, well, heart.

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128 comments

Philippa P
Philippa P4 months ago

Thanks.

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Lynn C.
Lynn C3 years ago

ty

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Val M.
Val M4 years ago

Thanks

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Nichola Mac Donough
Nichola Mac D4 years ago

thanks

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Cynthia Blais
cynthia l4 years ago

thx whatever makes us healthier

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Penny C.
penny C4 years ago

Thank you.

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Heather Holland
Heather Holland4 years ago

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Patty B.
Patty B4 years ago

Just remembered to buy olive oil salad dressing ! Should buy a separate bottle of only olive oil for skin !

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Penny B.
.4 years ago

Thanks for all the information everyone!

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Pinke A.
Pinke A4 years ago

Thanks! In Italy they use it everywhere and I just LOVE Italian food! It's always made with love and respect for good,fresh local ingredients!

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