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Mediterranean Diet Might Reduce the Risk of Obesity

Brian Turner

Posted on September 24 2018

 Olive oil is a central component of the Mediterranean diet, which is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Spanish researchers found that eating more olive oil might also reduce the risk of obesity. They examined body composition and nutrition in 613 people and estimated olive oil consumption by measuring concentrations of specific fatty acids in the blood. Obesity rates were 2.3 times higher in people who consumed the least amount of olive oil. The researchers concluded that the type of fatty acids consumed in the diet influences the risk of obesity. (European Journal Clinical Nutrition, 63: 1371-1374, 2009)