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Scientists discover why olive oil is beneficial

Published on 21/04/2010
Scientists in Spain have identified why consuming olive oil may help to lower your risk of heart disease.

A study at the University of Cordoba has found that micronutrients in olive oil, known as phenols, inhibit various genes which can contribute to cardiovascular disease by causing inflammation in the body.

Scientists gave 20 patients who suffer from high metabolic syndrome - a condition that is common in obese people and increases the risk of developing heart disease - a phenol-rich or phenol-poor olive oil at breakfast.

The research, which was published in the journal BMC Genomics, shows that 98 genes, all linked to the inflammation process, were affected when high levels of phenols were consumed by the volunteers.

Francisco Perez-Jimenez, who led the study, said: "These findings strengthen the relationship between inflammation, obesity and diet and provide evidence at the most basic level of healthy effects derived from virgin olive oil consumption in humans."

June Davidson, a cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, expressed her belief the research supports current advice that olive oil is healthier to use than butter or lard.

However, Ms Davidson added that it should still be used "sparingly" because it is high in calories.

Consuming olive oil has long been linked with good health and is a key part of the healthy Mediterranean diet.
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