“Heart-Healthy” Label Approved for Olive Oil

Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. With this overwhelming statistic in mind, the FDA approved labels on olive oil and food containing olive oil claiming the product might reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

It seems the FDA also confirmed that one could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by replacing foods high in saturated fat with the monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. They cited the example that cooking food in olive oil as opposed to butter might be healthier for your heart.

Research has also highlighted the heart benefits due to the Muslim diet. It was discovered that among the elderly who stuck to such diets and healthy lifestyles experienced more than a 50 percent drop in mortality rates. Further, the Muslim diet is high in unsaturated fats from:

Vegetable oil
Nuts
Fish such as salmon and tuna
However, one may ask: Where is the proof that this amazing “heart-healthy” oil helps fight heart disease?

Since the methodology of many studies made it difficult to determine the effect of monounsaturated fats in olive oil, conclusions were drawn from a handful of the most persuasive studies. These studies indicated that an olive oil diet lowered the total and bad LDL cholesterol levels. Another study indicated that olive oil boosted good HDL cholesterol.

There is “limited” and “not conclusive” scientific evidence claiming that eating two tablespoons or 23 grams, of olive oil a day might lower one’s risk of coronary heart disease.

ABC NEWS

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