Long life is influenced by genetics, location, income, lifestyle, and a host of other factors. But people tend to live longer in regions where olive oil-enriched diets are more common. A large epidemiological study followed over 40,622 Spanish people for about 13 and a half years. Those with the highest olive oil intake were less likely to die early compared to those consuming the least olive oil.
Recently, researchers published one of the largest studies on olive oil and the risk of dying in the Journal of American College of Cardiology. They followed 92,383 people for 28 years. And they compared those eating at least half a tablespoon of olive oil daily to those with no olive oil in their diet. Those with daily olive oil consumption habits had a 19% lower risk of dying within that period. They also had a:
– 19% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease
– 18% lower risk of dying from respiratory disease
– 17% lower risk of dying from cancer
– 29% lower risk of dying from a brain disease such as Alzheimer’s disease.
In parting, the researchers recommended using extra virgin olive oil in meals instead of butter, margarine, mayonnaise, and other dairy fats.