A Mediterranean diet can have many health benefits. It reduces the risk of developing peripheral arterial disease, sleep apnea and increases life expectancy.
Sapienza University, Rome has shown that Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a negative relationship with cholesterol and blood glucose.
There are many countries that have adopted the Mediterranean diet.
Extra Virgin Oil has been shown to protect the heart from disease.
Researchers tested oil's health by adding 10g Extra Virgin Olive Oil into a standard Mediterranean meal. This study was conducted in 25 healthy subjects.
Participants were randomly given the option to have the meal with extra Virgin Olive Oil, or without.
Two hours before and after each meal, blood tests were done to determine if there was an increase in blood sugar.
LDL cholesterol (or "bad") levels in meals made with extra-virgin oils were lower than those made with corn oil.
The study was small but the researchers noted that it was the first to link lower cholesterol and blood sugar with Mediterranean diets that used Extra Virgin Olive Oil.