Olive oil might be the key to longer life.
Greeks consume more olive oil than any other country (about 26 liters per person annually), and their Mediterranean diet has been linked to lower cancer rates, risks of heart disease, and occurrence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Recently, the New York Times Magazine wrote that heart-healthy olive oil was a potential reason that inhabitants of the Greek Island Ikaria just “forget to die.” TV chef Cat Cora told us, “My family in Greece drinks
half a cup of extra virgin olive oil [EVOO] and warm lemon water in the morning
for weight loss and health. They absolutely swear by it for keeping
hunger pangs in check, helping with body maintenance, health and
Just smelling it might be good for your waistline.
A 2013 study conducted by the German Research Center for Food Chemistry indicates that even just smelling EVOO may lead to greater feelings of fullness: when the scent was added to foods via an aromatic extract, it lowered the number of calories consumed by study participants, and improved blood sugar response. Additionally, compared to other oils and fats, when EVOO was added to yogurt, the group that had eaten the yogurt enriched with olive oil showed the largest increases in blood levels of serotonin, a hormone associated with satiety.