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Virgin olive oil deemed especially heart healthy
Yahoo ^ | Wed Sep 6 | Amy Norton

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.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: antioxidant; fat; fats; fattyacids; health; heart; heartdisease; monounsaturatedfat; nutrition; oliveoil; polyphenols; supplements

1 posted on 09/07/2006 1:13:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Also look into "rice bran oil".

Rare, but just the ticket.

2 posted on 09/07/2006 1:15:30 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway

I love olive oil. It's good on everything


3 posted on 09/07/2006 1:16:40 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: nickcarraway
The Mediterranean people found about this "health" fact over 4000 years ago.
4 posted on 09/07/2006 1:17:13 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: nickcarraway

I use "Extra-Virgin" olive oil. Although I've never met the "extra" virgin............


5 posted on 09/07/2006 1:18:00 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: nickcarraway

Extra-slutty olive oil is better for deep fryer.


6 posted on 09/07/2006 1:18:17 PM PDT by AliasDictusTyrant
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To: AppyPappy
I love olive oil. It's good on everything

Even you!..........

7 posted on 09/07/2006 1:18:39 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: nickcarraway

Is "Extra Virgin" extra healthy?


8 posted on 09/07/2006 1:18:40 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: nickcarraway
It's been known in the "alternative" world for eons.

Perhaps the synthetic pill poppers are catching up with sound "medicine"?
9 posted on 09/07/2006 1:18:45 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: nickcarraway

Just FYI.... Costco carries a organic brand of EVOO called Tasso that is excellent and Costcos' Kirkland brand is good also


10 posted on 09/07/2006 1:19:04 PM PDT by Kimmers
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To: Red Badger
I use "Extra-Virgin" olive oil. Although I've never met the "extra" virgin............

I think there are 72 of them.

11 posted on 09/07/2006 1:19:15 PM PDT by MrEdd (The easiest way to LIE with statistics is to use the average instead of the Median.)
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To: nickcarraway
Only if it's not cooked with...at 100 degrees it becomes rancid....there's only a few oils that do not become rancid when cooked with...Coconut Oil...organic...all others over time will cause major health problems.
12 posted on 09/07/2006 1:19:49 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: ThePythonicCow; DollyCali; snugs; hoosierpearl

Fyi and if you remember others who were in the discussion the other day ...


13 posted on 09/07/2006 1:20:02 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


14 posted on 09/07/2006 1:20:55 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: AliasDictusTyrant
Extra-slutty olive oil is better for deep fryer.

What do you recommend for pan frying? Somewhat-prudish olive oil?

15 posted on 09/07/2006 1:20:59 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: nickcarraway

16 posted on 09/07/2006 1:21:27 PM PDT by Coop (...one of the best things we can do for the troops is to boot Cut'n'run Murtha!! -- JimRob)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

You have to hunt to find really good Olive Oil. But it is worth it.


17 posted on 09/07/2006 1:22:51 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: nmh

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.


18 posted on 09/07/2006 1:22:56 PM PDT by wolfcreek (You can spit in our tacos and you can rape our dogs but, you can't take away our freedom!)
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To: MrEdd

No, if I were a muslim, ther'd be 73...........


19 posted on 09/07/2006 1:23:25 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: randog

I put spinster grease in the joints on the front end of my truck the other day.


20 posted on 09/07/2006 1:23:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: AliasDictusTyrant; Red Badger

I think the extra virgin is for stepping on the olives in the olive vat...


21 posted on 09/07/2006 1:23:53 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: areafiftyone

No hair oil?....oh yeah, olive oil works for that, too......No wonder my cousin always smelled like a dinner salad..........


22 posted on 09/07/2006 1:24:53 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Red Badger

Yes you've met the 'extra' virgin......she was a tease, remember?


23 posted on 09/07/2006 1:26:12 PM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: AppyPappy

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.


24 posted on 09/07/2006 1:27:52 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: RSmithOpt

The I went to school with a whole lotta "extra virgins".........


25 posted on 09/07/2006 1:28:05 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: gaijin

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?


26 posted on 09/07/2006 1:29:00 PM PDT by alwaysconservative (Sometimes you're the bug, sometimes you're the windshield..)
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To: AppyPappy

Do you have a Trader Joe's near you?


27 posted on 09/07/2006 1:29:30 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: alwaysconservative
ScienceDaily:

Can Rice Bran Oil Melt Away Cholesterol?

28 posted on 09/07/2006 1:32:56 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: GretchenM

Nope. Kroger, chef store or the natural food market


29 posted on 09/07/2006 1:36:55 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Red Badger
LOL!!! Me too, at least in HS. Then, as a junior (in high school), I made the switch.

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.

30 posted on 09/07/2006 1:37:02 PM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: GretchenM

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.


31 posted on 09/07/2006 1:37:31 PM PDT by alwaysconservative (Sometimes you're the bug, sometimes you're the windshield..)
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To: RSmithOpt

There was this one girl we went to HS with that must have been a Valkyrie. She was a virgin at least five times..........


32 posted on 09/07/2006 1:39:43 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: gaijin

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.


33 posted on 09/07/2006 1:40:49 PM PDT by alwaysconservative (Sometimes you're the bug, sometimes you're the windshield..)
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To: GretchenM

thanks for ping gretchen.. will send out link to my health conscious friends.


34 posted on 09/07/2006 1:48:50 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: AppyPappy

I agree; I never cook without extra-virgin olive oil.


35 posted on 09/07/2006 1:52:41 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: alwaysconservative

I use curcumin, too. Every day.


36 posted on 09/07/2006 1:54:27 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: AppyPappy

37 posted on 09/07/2006 2:00:22 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: AppyPappy
I love olive oil.

You and me both. Yumm.

38 posted on 09/07/2006 3:43:10 PM PDT by alnick
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

"Extra Virgin" olive oil is olive oil that hasn't even been kissed.


39 posted on 09/07/2006 3:43:51 PM PDT by Publius
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To: nickcarraway

bump


40 posted on 09/07/2006 4:04:44 PM PDT by VOA
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To: GretchenM

Thanks for the ping Gretchen.


41 posted on 09/07/2006 6:15:02 PM PDT by hoosierpearl (To God be the glory.)
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To: nickcarraway; TigerLikesRooster

Turns out it's really RAISIN olive oil.


42 posted on 09/18/2006 10:39:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Saturday, September 16, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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