Two tablespoons of olive oil per day almost halve the risk of death from heart disease, new research shows.
The equivalent of one tablespoon of reduced risk by about 28%. Olive oil does not have the same effect on reducing deaths from cancer, the researchers found. Results are based on over 13-year analysis of the diets of nearly 41,000 people aged between 26 and 69 years, report Daily mail.
During the study, 2,000 participants died, 956 from cancer and 416 from cardiovascular disease.
The data show that victims of heart disease are among the lowest consumers of olive oil. Those who consumed 29 grams or more per day – more than two tablespoons are 44% lower risk of death from heart disease.
Olive oil is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and polyphenols, which are useful in preventing inflammation in the body and the risk of blood clots.
Olive oil differs according to the degree of processing. The rawer it is, the higher the content of polyphenols.
The results were published in the journal American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Regular consumption of olive oil protects against stroke, according to results of another study.
Researchers tracked the eating habits of 7625 participants. Regularly consuming olive oil are 41% lower risk of having a stroke than those not involving vegetable oil in their diet.
Olive oil is one of the main ingredients of Mediterranean diet which is one of the most useful diet plans for heart health. According to experts, Mediterranean-style diet that is rich in olive oil, fish, fruit and vegetables play a greater role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease than previously thought. Proper diet and regular exercises help to prevent a lot of deadly diseases, specialists say.