Scientists in France have found that olive oil could help to reduce the risk of having a stroke in later life.
Previous research has shown that olive oil is effective in lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure, and this latest study supports these findings. Scientists also found that a diet that is rich in olive oil can help to unclog arteries, meaning there is less strain on the heart when it is pumping blood around the body.
The risk of developing diabetes and becoming obese can also be lowered by including olive oil in the diet. The evidence supports the idea that those cultures in which olive oil is used in daily cooking live longer and healthier lives than those which don’t – Italians being a great example of this.
The results of this research support the inclusion of olive oil in many healthy recipes and in dressings for salads.