Olive oil has beneficial effects on cardiovascular health

The FOOD Programme addresses risk factors for heart diseases in an evidence-based manner

The team of Federico Soriguer from the ‘Center for Biomedical Research in Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Disorders’ in Barcelona conducted a study in a total of 4572 randomly selected Spanish individuals, representative of the whole Spanish population. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of olive oil on the risk factors for heart disease. They found that olive oil has beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, especially in obese patients or patients with a sedentary lifestyle.

It is widely known that cardiovascular diseases represent one of the greatest social and health care problems in developed countries. These diseases are partly attributable to a reduction in physical activity and an increase in the consumption of energy from fats. The researchers found that people who consume olive oil had a lower average BMI. Also, they detected significant differences with regard to HDL cholesterol (known as “good cholesterol”) and triglycerides (fats present in the blood that contribute to cardiovascular diseases).

People who consumed olive oil were less likely to have a higher level of triglycerides or decreased HDL cholesterol than those who didn’t consume olive oil.

The FOOD Programme highlights these beneficial effects by including the usage of olive oil as one of the common recommendations directed at restaurant owners. In some of the restaurants of the FOOD network you will see that butter has been replaced by olive oil on the tables, acting in favour of a good health.

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Soriguer F, Rojo-Martínez G, Goday A, Bosch-Comas A, Bordiú E, Caballero-Díaz F, Calle-Pascual A, Carmena R, Casamitjana R, Castaño L, Castell C, Catalá M, Delgado E, Franch J, Gaztambide S, Girbés J, Gomis R, Gutiérrez G, López-Alba A, Teresa Martínez-Larrad M, Menéndez E, Mora-Peces I, Ortega E, Pascual-Manich G, Serrano-Rios M, Urrutia I, Valdés S, Antonio Vázquez J, Vendrell J. Olive oil has a beneficial effect on impaired glucose regulation and other cardiometabolic risk factors. Di@bet.es study. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Sep;67(9):911-6. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2013.130. Epub 2013 Jul 17. PubMed PMID: 23859999.


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