Another EVOO beneficial effect: Eating more than half a tablespoon of olive oil a day could reduce the risk of heart attack by 20 percent, say researchers from Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health.
It was the first study to focus specifically on the population of the United States.
After analyzing thirty years of data, the research team concluded that eating more than half a tablespoon of olive oil per day could reduce the risk of heart attack by 20 percent, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 15 percent and reduces the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by 21 percent.
Marta Guasch-Ferre, lead author of the study and research scientist at the TH Chan School of Public Health in Harvard, warned that we must also think in terms of what olive oil is replacing. “Certainly, olive oil is a healthy option as a condiment, for cooking and baking. In addition, the replacement of 5g or 1 teaspoon of butter, mayonnaise or milk fat with the same amount of olive oil has been associated with a 5% lower risk of CVD and a 7% lower risk of CHD. “
Source: Olive Oil Times