Higher intake of olive oil may lead to longer life, study shows

The researchers took data from the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study, which examined more than 60,000 women and more than 31,000 men with healthy hearts. The participants were asked about their food choices every four years, over the course of 28 years.

When comparing the type of shortening each participant consumed, as well as the frequency of use, the researchers concluded that eating more than half a tablespoon of olive oil per day supports cardiovascular health outcomes (19%), cognitive function (29%), respiratory problems. health (18%), and longevity. In addition, those who replaced margarine, butter, mayonnaise and dairy fat with olive oil had better health outcomes.

It’s important to note: Participants with the highest intakes of olive oil were also physically active, avoided smoking, and ate plenty of fruits and vegetables. “It’s possible that higher olive oil consumption is a sign of an overall healthier diet and higher socioeconomic status,” study author Marta Guasch-Ferré, Ph.D., said in a news release. “But even after adjusting for these and other socioeconomic status factors, our results remained largely the same.”

So while the results shed a positive light on olive oil, more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between olive oil consumption, overall health and longevity.

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