Olive oil might be the key to longer life
Greeks consume more olive oil than any other country, and their Mediterranean diet has been linked to lower cancer rates, risks of heart disease, and occurrence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
A New York Times Magazine piece purports that heart-healthy olive oil is a potential reason that inhabitants of the Greek Island Ikaria just “forget to die.” TV chef Cat Cora told us, “My family in Greece drinks half a cup of extra virgin olive oil [EVOO] and warm lemon water in the morning for weight loss and health. They absolutely swear by it for keeping hunger pangs in check, helping with body maintenance, health and longevity.”
Just smelling it might be good for your waistline.
A study in the European Journal of Nutrition found that consuming EVOO in high-fat breakfasts every day lead to fat loss and improved blood pressure.
A German study found that people who ate full-fat yogurt that was mixed with EVOO showed the largest increases in blood levels of serotonin, a hormone associated with satiety, when compared to other oils and fats. This study points to the fact that full-fat foods may help people feel satisfied longer, which could lead to eating less food.