Olive Oil can Enhance Heart Health
New Research shows that just half a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil per day can enhance heart health.
Heath experts often recommend extra virgin olive oil against a range of health issues, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. However, sceptics have questioned whether the benefits attributed to olive oil are due to other factors specific to the Mediterranean lifestyle rather than the dietary consumption itself, because most studies have primarily examined individuals living in the region. Addressing these concerns, a recent study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology delved in to olive oil consumption amongst Americans.
Titled “Olive Oil Consumption and Cardiovascular Risk in U.S. Adults”, the study tracked the dietary habits of nearly 100,000 men and women who were initially free from cancer, heart disease and stroke over a period of 24 years.
After accounting for significant dietary and lifestyle variables, the results indicated that individuals who consumed more than half a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil daily in place of other fats, such as butter, experienced a 15% lower risk of any cardiovascular disease and a 21% reduced risk of coronary artery disease compared to non-consumers.
The research underscored the profound impact small dietary adjustments can have on overall health. Replacing just 5 grams per day (equivalent to 1/3 of a tablespoon of butter) of saturated fats with an equivalent amount of olive oil was associated with a 5-7% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. Moreover, higher olive oil intake correlated with lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers in the bloodstream and a healthier lipid profile.
We know that the Mediterranean diet is favoured for overall health, but it’s great to see confirmation via scientific evidence in favour of extra virgin olive oil in your diet.