Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a great friend for health.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( EVOO) has been known for its ability to protect the heart and, more
generally, the arteries.
But more recently research shows that it also protects the brain.
A study by researchers at the University of Bordeaux (France) and
published in The Neurology Journal, the official news organization of the
American Academy of Neurlogy, has concluded that EVOO consumption is
able to prevent stroke in the elderly.
The 5 years study included over 7.000 participants, the average age of 65
with no previous stroke, from the cities of Bordeaux, Dijon & Montpellier.
They were divided into 3 groups, according to their dietary habits regarding
the consumption of EVOO. The study took into account the physical
activity, body mass & diet.
Data collected indicated that those who consumed EVOO regularly were
less at risk for stroke than those who did not. Dr Cecilia Samperi, one of the
study authors, concluded that regular use lowered the chance of stroke of
For a healthy and balanced diet one should not exceed 3 tablespoons per
Experts prefer that is taken raw, but it is not harmful in cooked foods. For its
high percentage of oleic acids, it is high percentage of oleic acids, it has a
high smoke point & is stable at high temperatures, making it one of the best
oils for cooking.
Source: Foundation Veronesi