Olive oil is a crucial contributor to healthy eating that Mediterranean diets offer. Now the latest research shows that adults who consumed a little more than a half-teaspoon of olive oil each day had a reduced chance of dying early compared to those who rarely or never consumed olive oil, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Using olive oil in your cooking instead of butter, margarine, or other saturated fats reduces early death from many health problems, including cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, and Alzheimer's.
The researchers say the observational nature of the study does not prove olive oil reduces your death of early death. Still, olive oil does have anti-inflammatory properties that could explain their findings.
Olive Oil Just One Part of the Equation
Dr. Howard LeWine, Editor in Chief of Harvard's Men's Health Watch, says that olive oil is not the only health aspect of the Mediterranean diet.
"Think of it as just one aspect of the Mediterranean style of eating, which includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and nuts; whole grains; and limited amounts of red meat," LeWine says.
Dr. LeWine says the benefits of olive oil are that you are combining increased use of monounsaturated fats found in olive oil while, at the same time, decreasing the amount of saturated fat in your diet.
Olive Oil in Baking
You can use olive oil in many ways, including baking, as you can bake with olive oil just like other cooking oils. However, experts say that due to olive oil's distinct flavor, it might affect the taste of the baked product.
However, olive oil and the Mediterranean diet can benefit your health today and as you get older. There is no single definition of the Mediterranean diet, but generally, it is typically high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and, of course, olive oil.
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We can do everything right with our diet, be proactive with our health, exercise, and maintain an excellent emotional mindset, and still need help with our daily living activities or supervision due to dementia as we get older.
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