Skip to comments.Virgin olive oil deemed especially heart healthy
Posted on 09/07/2006 1:13:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway
When it comes to heart health, virgin olive oil may have an edge over other vegetable fats, new research suggests.
Reporting in the Annals of Internal Medicine, European researchers say virgin olive oil may be particularly effective at lowering heart disease risk because of its high level of antioxidant plant compounds.
In a study of 200 healthy men, the researchers found that virgin olive oil -- rich in antioxidants called polyphenols -- showed stronger heart-health effects than the more extensively processed "non-virgin" variety.
The findings suggest that virgin olive oil has more going for it than its supply of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, according to the study authors. Polyphenols, they say, may account for some of the health benefits that have been attributed to the oil.
In fact, virgin olive oil is the only vegetable oil that's rich in polyphenols, Dr. Maria-Isabel Covas, the study's lead researcher, told Reuters Health.
"All vegetable oils other than virgin olive oil are submitted to a (refining) process in which polyphenols are practically lost," explained Covas, a researcher at the Municipal Institute for Medical Research in Barcelona, Spain.
Even "ordinary" olive oil has a lower polyphenol content, she noted, because it's a mixture of virgin olive oil and a more-processed form of the oil.
For their study, Covas and her colleagues had 200 young and middle-aged men use each of three olive oils for three weeks apiece. One oil was a virgin olive oil high in polyphenols; the other two were more heavily processed varieties with moderate to low polyphenol levels.
The men used the oils in place of other dietary fats.
At the end of the study, the researchers found that the men's levels of "good" HDL cholesterol were highest after their three weeks on virgin olive oil. They also showed a greater decline in markers of so-called oxidative stress -- a process that helps deposit particles of "bad" LDL cholesterol on the artery walls and can lead to a hardening and narrowing of the vessels supplying the heart.
Monounsaturated fat is well known to be a healthier alternative to the saturated fat found in animal products like butter, Covas noted. That fact, along with the benefits of polyphenols, she said, make olive oil "a good source of fat."
But she stopped short of recommending virgin olive oil as a replacement for other vegetable oils, saying large clinical trials are needed to see whether there's a health advantage.
Rare, but just the ticket.
I love olive oil. It's good on everything
I use "Extra-Virgin" olive oil. Although I've never met the "extra" virgin............
Extra-slutty olive oil is better for deep fryer.
Is "Extra Virgin" extra healthy?
Just FYI.... Costco carries a organic brand of EVOO called Tasso that is excellent and Costcos' Kirkland brand is good also
I think there are 72 of them.
Fyi and if you remember others who were in the discussion the other day ...
I only use olive oil - never use any other kind - but I grew up in an Italian/American household so it was the only oil in the house.
What do you recommend for pan frying? Somewhat-prudish olive oil?
You have to hunt to find really good Olive Oil. But it is worth it.
Perhaps the synthetic pill poppers are catching up with sound "medicine
I don't know, they're still pretty 'dicted. Maybe the outrageous prices will change their minds.
No, if I were a muslim, ther'd be 73...........
I put spinster grease in the joints on the front end of my truck the other day.
I think the extra virgin is for stepping on the olives in the olive vat...
No hair oil?....oh yeah, olive oil works for that, too......No wonder my cousin always smelled like a dinner salad..........
Yes you've met the 'extra' virgin......she was a tease, remember?
I agree. I use only olive oil, and real butter. Some folks say they don't like the taste of olive oil on some foods but the foods where the flavor stands out, such as when frying fish, or saute'ing, I love its flavor, and when adding it to a baked dish, I don't notice it.
The I went to school with a whole lotta "extra virgins".........
I also use coconut oil for some foods or drink, and macademia nut oil in baking, and both have excellent flavor, and love EVOO on everything else.
What kind of benefits are found in rice bran oil?
Do you have a Trader Joe's near you?
Nope. Kroger, chef store or the natural food market
I switched from dating girls in high school to the girls going to Appalachain State University ......mommy & daddy were some distance away, usually.
Figured out by the time I was 16 not to respond to those girls that loved to tease. See them again 2-3 more times, then "TOUCHDOWN!!!" Those girls always seemed 'to take it so personally'when they didn't get what they wanted at first....hehehehehe.
I only use real oil (olive, coconut, sesame, walnut, macademia, sunflower) and real butter and real cream, none of that fake or low-fat stuff. Since I went back to eating real fats, I've had very little problem with my weight (or my skin or my hair, or my attitude, LOL!) A person is just naturally more cheerful eating real foods instead of chemicals.
There was this one girl we went to HS with that must have been a Valkyrie. She was a virgin at least five times..........
Thanks! Although I don't have a cholesterol problem, this is good info. I'm kind of intrigued by the anti-infective and anti-tumor possibilities, although we occasionally use circumin (cumin or turmeric) for similar reasons.
thanks for ping gretchen.. will send out link to my health conscious friends.
I agree; I never cook without extra-virgin olive oil.
I use curcumin, too. Every day.
You and me both. Yumm.
"Extra Virgin" olive oil is olive oil that hasn't even been kissed.
Thanks for the ping Gretchen.
Turns out it's really RAISIN olive oil.
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