The healthy Mediterranean diet certainly offers great advantages when followed correctly and completely.
What has this medical research confirmed about extra-virgin olive oil?
- Extra-virgin olive oil is associated with a reduced risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease, stroke, myocardial infarction and cardiovascular death
- For every extra tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil intake, there was a 10% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease and 7% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular death
- This protection held strong even in an elderly Mediterranean population from Spain who were at high cardiovascular risk due to several cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, being overweight or obese, or having a family history of cardiovascular disease
Study was a randomized clinical trial on more than 7000 individuals by Guasch-Ferré M, Hu FB, Martínez-González MA, Fitó M, Bulló M, Estruch R, Ros E, Corella D, Recondo J, Gómez-Gracia E, Fiol M, Lapetra J, Serra-Majem L, Muñoz MA, Pintó X, Lamuela-Raventós RM, Basora J, Buil-Cosiales P, Sorlí JV, Ruiz-Gutiérrez V, Martínez JA, and Salas-Salvadó J, as “Olive oil intake and risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in the PEDIMED Study”, as published in BMC Med. 2014 May 13;12(1):78. doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-12-78.