Updated: Oct 3, 2020
EVOO not only provide healthy benefits, its also a tasty ‘medicine’. The latest on COVID-19 impact.
In the fourth century B.C,. Hippocrates said: “Let food be the medicine and medicine be thy food” as he wanted to point the meaning of choosing the right human diet.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) not only provide healthy benefits, its also a tasty ‘medicine’.
No wonder the above wisdom is a true Greek historical philosophic quote reiterated by modern Greek scientist.
In this blog we provide you with a quick overview on what the latest research and science are delivering and advice regarding healthy food
"Now a new study of Americans shows that replacing a mere five grams of margarine, butter or mayonnaise with the same amount of olive oil was associated with up to a 7% lower risk of coronary artery disease..." Dr. Frank Hu, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The observation of long living people in the Mediterranean area, especially in various places in Greece and Southern Italy, is well known across the world and there is an association with the Mediterranean diet and a general healthy way of living (blue zones).
The olive oil is a product that is cultivated in 23 countries worldwide and Greece is the world’s third largest producer of olive oil (11% of total volume production), coming after Spain (40%) and Italy (14%). Greek olive oil is also of superior quality. 80% of the Greek olive oil production is of extra virgin grade, compared with its two biggest competitors, Spain and Italy, for which the relative percentage is 30 % and 65% respectively.
Recent shocking research on Extra Virgin Olive Oil, even during COVID-19 times !
Many very recent (2019/2020) research show that extra virgin olive oil staves off multiple forms of diseases and reduces risk on cancer and cardiovascular sickness..
CNN published a whole library of articles on how the Mediterranean diet (with a strong base delivered by Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)) is renowned to strengthen bones, improve brain health, heart-health, some cancers, stroke and high cholesterol.
Dr Limor Goren and her colleagues at City University of New York studied how Olive oills, especially, phenolic-rich Extra-Virgin Olive Oil deliver many above mentioned health benefits.
Another US study from Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) also shows why EVOO as superfood boost brain functions staving off the effects of aging.
CNN Health report on a recent preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association's Prevention, Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions 2020 and quotes Dr. Frank Lu on how easy steps help to reduce risk on diseases and strokes: "Don't just add olive oil to your regular diet. Substitution is what's important here," to replace unhealthy fats (like butters, margarine, canola oils and soy bean) with olive oil, which mainly has the good fats.
Finally but certainly not least, many studies highlight that a Mediterranean diet with EVOO makes a stronger immune system. Consuming good quality diets is always desirable, and this is particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic as a strong immune system also helps to fight off new viruses.
A healthy diet and making it part of your daily life pattern as well as eating high-quality sources of protein, fat, and carbohydrate can help maintain a healthy weight and good metabolic state; this is not a time for highly restrictive, crash diets.
Stay safe and be in control of what you eat!