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EVOO and health, a year of studies and research

EVOO and health, a year of studies and research

2018/21/12 - In addition to culture, history, gastronomy or economy, EVOO means health and research projects continue to provide us with new and valuable discoveries about the benefits derived from its consumption. Here is a selection of some of the many studies that have been released in 2018.

1. Olive oil Vs coconut oil
After the controversial statements of the professor at Harvard University who attacked coconut oil as "poison", it may be interesting to compare the composition and the healthy benefits of this controversial vegetable oil in relation to olive oil, based on research of the Olive Wellness Institute.

2. Olive oil, the best option to adopt the new European regulation on acrylamide
The use of olive oil for cooking and frying, as it has a higher boiling point, is ideal to adapt to European legislation on reducing acrylamide in the food industry.

3. Olive oil shows beneficial effects on the sexual capacity of older men
Scientists from the University of Athens (Greece) have shown that the Mediterranean Diet and the consumption of olive oil show beneficial effects on sexual capacity, through the improvement of aortic elastic properties and testosterone levels, in older men from the Greek island of Ikaria.

4. A new pathway for the prevention of Alzheimer's through olive-pomace oil
The Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Interprofessional of Olive-pomace oil (Oriva) have opened a new pathway for the prevention of Alzheimer's through diet with olive-pomace oil.

5. The review of the Predimed study confirms that the Mediterranean Diet supplemented with EVOO prevents cardiovascular diseases
A new revised and corrected edition of the Predimed study, the largest trial on nutrition in Europe to assess the effect of the Mediterranean Diet on the primary prevention of chronic diseases, confirms that the Mediterranean Diet supplemented with EVOO prevents cardiovascular diseases.

6. The Mediterranean Diet during pregnancy and its benefits in childhood
Pregnant women who follow a Mediterranean Diet have less risk of their children having a path of accelerated growth-characterized by a high birth weight and a rapid increase in childhood-a fact that could determine an increased risk of Obesity in the future.

7. Prolonged consumption of sunflower oil can adversely affect the liver
An international team of scientists, led by the University of Granada (UGR), has shown that a prolonged consumption of sunflower oil or fish over time affects the liver in a negative way and causes a series of alterations that can lead to Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Virgin olive oil, on the other hand, is the "healthiest" option for the maintenance of this organ.

8. The Mediterranean Diet is also associated with psychological well-being
Researchers from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and the Sant Joan de Déu Sanitari Park (PSSJD), belonging to the CIBER of Mental Health (Cibersam), have revealed that those people with greater adherence to the Mediterranean Diet have higher levels of well-being psychological. The study, which has participants from all over Spain, is published in the journal Psychology and Health.

9. Olive oil to fight diabetes
According to a study by the University Sapienza in Rome, oleouropein -a component of extra virgin olive oil- reduces blood glucose levels after meals and, therefore, opens new perspectives to combat diabetes.

10. The Mediterranean Diet favors muscle mass in diabetic women
According to a study by the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), monitoring a Mediterranean diet as a dietary pattern reduces the risk of frailty in older women who suffer from diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that accelerates the loss of muscle mass, and some antidiabetic drugs contribute to this muscle loss.

11. Olive oil and intestinal microbiota, an incipient scientific field to be explored
Given the growing popular interest in the human microbiome and its role in health, various organizations and researchers are trying to determine how olive oil influences the gut microbiota, while questioning whether it could be the starting point from which many of the healthy benefits of the Mediterranean food pattern come from.

12. The Mediterranean Diet improves bone health
New research from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, United Kingdom) has determined that following a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, unrefined grains, olive oil and fish can significantly reduce bone loss of the hip in only 12 months

13. A diet rich in olive oil reduces inflammation and oxidative stress
Researchers from the Maimónides Institute of Biomedical Research of Córdoba (IMIBIC), the Reina Sofía University Hospital and the University of Córdoba (UCO) relate the consumption of a diet rich in monounsaturated fats such as olive oil with an improvement in risk factors of the metabolic syndrome.

14. An AOV compound promotes wound healing
Scientists from the University of Jaén (UJA) have described that squalene, one of the main minor components of virgin olive oils, has positive effects on the healing and healing of wounds and on the repair of tissues.

15. The Mediterranean Diet improves academic performance in adolescents
A scientific study of the Jaime I University of Castellón (Spain) has shown that adolescents who follow the Mediterranean Diet obtain a higher academic performance and have concluded that this association also influences the quality of pubertal sleep.

16. Melipop and the role of EVOO in the prevention of childhood obesity
The Regulating Council of the PDO Poniente de Granada, in collaboration with the Universities of Granada and Zaragoza, has held a technical conference dedicated to the Mediterranean Diet and children's health, within which the Melipop project has been presented (MediterraneanLifestyle in Pediatric Obesity Prevention), which aims to conduct a study of the influence of a healthy and balanced diet on the prevention of childhood obesity.

17. The Mediterranean Diet reduces the risk of mortality also among those over 65
A research of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of the Mediterranean Neurological Institute (IRCCS-Neuromed) in Pozzilli (Molise, Italy) shows that an increasing adherence to the Mediterranean Diet reduces the risk of general mortality of people over 65 by 5% .

18. EVOO, one of the main protagonists of the first dictionary of the Mediterranean Diet
Soria hosted on October 22 the presentation of the first dictionary of the Mediterranean Diet, a new publication of 400 pages written by Dr. Juan Manuel Ruiz Liso, general director of the Scientific Foundation Caja Rural de Soria, whose objective is to promote comprehensive health through the lifestyle of the Mediterranean Diet and in which extra virgin olive oil is one of the leading foods.

19. What makes EVOO a healthy product?
Unraveling what makes extra virgin olive oil a healthy product is the mission of the research carried out by the reference group of the Government of Aragón and member of the National Center for Biomedical Research in the Network of the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn), led by the professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of Zaragoza, Jesús de la Osada.

20. A new study confirms that the Mediterranean Diet prevents one of the main causes of blindness
An investigation on the connection between genes and lifestyle in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the main causes of blindness, has shown that people who adhere to the Mediterranean Diet reduce the risk of the risk of this disease in an advanced stage is 41%.

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