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  • The Mediterranean Diet is going out of fashion in the countries where it was once a daily regimen

    Extra virgin olive oil and Mediterranen Diet Extra virgin olive oil and Mediterranen Diet

    Global experts say the Mediterranean diet - long celebrated for its health benefits - is going out of fashion in the countries where it was once a daily regimen, and they're blaming the growth of fast food and mass tourism.

    Lluis Serra-Majem, head of the International Foundation of Mediterranean Diet, said it has decreased by 70 per cent in Greece over the last 30 years and 50 per cent in Spain.

    The diet is rich in starchy foods such as bread and pasta, fruit and vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, red wine, some fish, and a small amount of meat - and experts fear its devastating decline may be irreversible.

    Found to varying degrees in all countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the diet was added in 2010 to Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list for seven countries - Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Portugal.
    It was praised by the United Nations for promoting hospitality, neighbourliness, intercultural dialogue and creativity.

    But experts are now exploring ways to revive it, from making it appealing to teenagers, to persuading people to buy fresh and sometimes costlier food in a period of economic crisis.

    Less than 15 per cent of the Spanish population still eats a Mediterranean diet, while 50 to 60 per cent do so sometimes.

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  • Extra virgin olive oil and nuts linked to weight loss

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    Extra "good fats" from nuts and olive oil in a Mediterranean diet may help older adults lose weight, or at least avoid gaining it, a Spanish study suggests.

    "Our hypothesis is that not all fats are the same; we have to differentiate fats from vegetables and fats from animal sources," said lead study author Dr. Ramon Estruch of the University of Barcelona.

    "Vegetable fat such as extra virgin olive oil and nuts help to reduce body weight when these foods are consumed in a healthy diet such as a Mediterranean diet," Estruch added by email.

    A Mediterranean diet typically includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and extra virgin olive oil. This diet also tends to favor lean sources of protein like chicken or fish over red meat, which contains more saturated fat.

    While some previous research has linked a Mediterranean diet to weight loss and a reduced risk of heart disease and some cancers, scientists haven't conclusively proven that the diet itself is responsible, rather than other lifestyle choices made by people who eat this way.

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  • Universities as Chicago and Colorado certify the benefits of Mediterranean Diet rich in extra virgin olive oil

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    Researchers at the University of Chicago say the gut flora of an allergy sufferer is significantly different from that of a non-allergic person, suggesting that differences in the composition of the bacterial community in the gut influence the development of allergies. In a test of infants with cow’s milk allergy, those given the probiotic showed no biomarkers of the allergy in their stool samples compared with those not taking the probiotic.

    Food allergies have increased by 20 per cent in the developed countries over the past decade. The increase has mainly been the result of overuse of antibiotics, a high-fat/low-fibre diet and low exposure to infectious diseases, as well as formula feeding, say the researchers (ISME J., 2015).

    The benefits of vitamin C seem to be endless. It appears that taking the supplement every day can reduce your risk of heart disease if you are overweight and could be as beneficial as exercise.

    However, to get the real benefits, you need to be taking an amount that is more than 10 times greater than the recommended daily allowance. Health officials tell us we only need to be taking 40mg/day of the vitamin. However, researchers estimate that overweight people require at least 500mg/day to even begin to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

    The researchers at the University of Colorado measured levels of endothelin (ET)-1 protein in the blood of 20 overweight volunteers and matched their progress against a group of 15 volunteers who carried out regular aerobic exercise instead.

    Levels of ET-1 are an indicator of likely constriction or narrowing of small blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease and heart attack. While exercise has been shown to lower ET-1 levels, it is often difficult to get the overweight to exercise regularly.

    In this study, the researchers discovered that the vitamin supplement was as successful as exercise at lowering levels of ET-1.

    Elderly people who are housebound should be taking vitamin D supplements to compensate for lack of sunshine. The vitamin plays a key role in maintaining muscle strength and so could help reduce the risk of falls, researchers believe.

    Although doctors are advised to prescribe cholesterol-lowering statins to anyone they believe has at least a 10 per cent chance of suffering a stroke during the next 10 years, they would probably be better off advising them to follow the Mediterranean diet (rich in extra virgin olive oil). This is the advice of a leading heart specialist.

    The diet, coupled with exercise and not smoking, could be as effective as taking statins and without the side effects, says Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist at the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.


  • Extra virgin olive oil lowers blood glucose and cholesterol

    Extra virgin olive oil lowers blood glucose and cholesterol

    Extra virgin olive oil reduces blood sugar and cholesterol more than other kinds of fats, according to new research.

    The study, conducted at Sapienza University in Rome, could explain the health benefits associated with a traditional Mediterranean diet for people with diabetes.

    "Lowering blood glucose and cholesterol may be useful to reduce the negative effects of glucose and cholesterol on the cardiovascular system," said Francesco Violo, lead author of the study.

    This was a small study involving only 25 participants, all of whom ate a typical Mediterranean lunch - consisting primarily of fruits, vegetables, grains and fish - on two separate occasions. For the first meal, they added 10g of extra virgin olive oil. For the second, they added 10g of corn oil.

    After each meal, the participants blood glucose levels were tested. The rise in blood sugar levels was much smaller after the meal with extra virgin olive oil than after the meal with corn oil.

    The findings were consistent with previous studies, which have linked extra virgin olive oil to higher levels of insulin, making it beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes.

    More surprising, however, were the reduced levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol, associated with the extra virgin olive oil meal.

    The study's findings are interesting but preliminary. Further studies are needed to confirm them. The study did not examine whether corn oil was worse or better than having no oil at all, for example.

    Despite its flaws, the study is one of the first to link the Mediterranean diet with extra virgin olive oil to lower levels of LDL cholesterol and lower blood glucose levels.

    The researchers stressed that consuming extra virgin olive oil on its own is not going to provide the benefits observed during the study. Rather, it has to be consumed in the context of a balanced diet.


  • The healthy benefits of extra virgin olive oil

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    This month, there has also been a study published in the JAMA: Internal Medicine that suggests olive oil may be important in preventing breast cancer. In this study, women were randomised to either a standard low-fat diet, or a diet based on the Mediterranean style.

    Those eating the Mediterranean diet had an extra 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil per day compared with the other group. Over a five-year period, the group eating the extra olive oil had a lower incidence of breast cancer when compared with the other group.

    Although this does seem exciting, the study found very small numbers of cancer overall, so statistically this link is hard to prove. However, it certainly adds some more weight to the argument that a diet rich in olive oil is good for you.

    So when it comes to olive oil, how do you choose from the vast array that sits on the supermarket shelves? My advice would be that it is worth doing a bit of research when it comes to your oil.

    The purest forms are "cold-pressed", which means that they have the lowest percentage of nasty free fatty acids in them. If cold-pressed oil is not available, or is out of your price-range, try to find an extra virgin oil (EVOO) – this is the next purest.

    EVOO contains the highest amount of nutritional goodies, especially antioxidants, vitamins K and E. It also has the highest burn temperature, meaning that it can be safely used for cooking at high temperatures without its properties being damaged.


  • Extra virgin olive oil have healthier effects on levels of blood sugar

    Study links extra virgin olive oil with lower levels of blood sugar

    Compared with other kinds of fat, extra virgin olive oil may have healthier effects on levels of blood sugar and bad cholesterol after meals, according to an Italian study.

    That may explain why a traditional Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil is linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers say.

    “Lowering [post-meal] blood glucose and cholesterol may be useful to reduce the negative effects of glucose and cholesterol on the cardiovascular system,” lead study author Francesco Violi, a researcher at Sapienza University in Rome, said by e-mail.

    Violi and his colleagues tested the effect of adding extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to a Mediterranean diet based on fruits, vegetables, grains and fish, with only limited consumption of dairy or red meat.

    On two separate occasions, researchers gave 25 healthy people a typical Mediterranean lunch. For one meal, they added 10 grams (about 2 teaspoons) of extra virgin olive oil, and for the other, they added 10 g of corn oil.

    Blood tests done before and two hours after the meals found that blood sugar rose after eating in all the participants, which is normal. But blood sugar rose much less after a meal with olive oil compared to one with corn oil.

    That’s in line with previous research linking EVOO to elevated levels of insulin, a hormone that helps convert glucose into energy, Violi said.

    It’s unclear, though, why the blood tests after meals with olive oil also showed lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad kind of cholesterol that builds up in blood vessels and can lead to atherosclerosis, blood clots and heart attacks.

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    Resource: The globe and mail

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