Olive Oil May Lower Risk of Diabetes

If olive oil is your food oil of choice, you'll be glad to know there may be some diabetes benefits. Specifically, olive oil has been linked to lowering the risk of diabetes.

The Study

According to the 'American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,' a joint study by Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as two Spanish universities, olive oil lowers the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the United States.

Researchers followed nearly 60,000 nurses for 22 years and found that those who consumed more than a tablespoon of olive oil had a lower risk for developing diabetes than those who did not consume olive oil at all. The more olive oil the person consumed, the lower their risk.

The best combination was olive oil and a healthy diet; those who used olive oil and ate a healthy diet were less at risk than those who just consumed olive oil.

One of the more interesting details found is that using olive oil on bread or food showed lower risks for diabetes than using it on salad.

Using Olive Oil

While limiting fat intake is recommended by the American Diabetes Association. When you do reach for fat, Extra Virgin olive oil is one of your best options.

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