It has often been said that Extra Virgin Olive Oil is better for our health than Refined Olive Oil. Not true, or so says a new 6 week study featured on BBC TV’s Trust Me, I’m A Doctor’ programme. The study used 70 volunteers, split into two groups; Group A drank 20ml of raw Extra Virgin Olive Oil per day, Group B drank 20ml of raw Refined Olive Oil every day.
The average measure of coronary artery disease for both groups fell significantly at both 3 weeks, and again at 6 weeks after taking the olive oil.
The results indicated that both the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Refined Olive Oil had exactly the same beneficial effect “ the significant reduction in the presence of coronary heart disease fingerprints’.
(The fall in heart disease markers seen in volunteers taking extra virgin olive oil (red) and ‘normal’ olive oil (green) over 6 weeks. (The CAD score is a score of coronary artery disease where -1 is completely healthy and 1 is symptomatic disease)
Read all about the study in full here: https://bbc.in/1T7HmT4
We’re on a mission to help you get your 20ml raw olive oil a day! You may shudder at the thought of eating just over a tablespoon of oil, but we’ve found some great ways to incorporate it into your diet.
Whether you add it to your morning smoothie, swirl it into your porridge, drizzle over a salad or pasta or use it as a dip, these are all great ways to include it into your diet.
If the taste of Extra Virgin’s too strong for you, the important thing to remember is that ALL types of Olive Oil will be beneficial to your heart (and overall) health. If you prefer a milder taste, have you tried Filippo Berio’s ‘Mild and light’ Olive oil?
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