According to a study, replacing full-fat dairy with olive oil may lower your risk of disease and mortality.

14th January, 2022.      //   Health  // 

Using olive oil instead of margarine, butter or other saturated fats may protect you from dying from cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, dementia, and other conditions, according to a study released Monday.

“It’s a combination of both decreasing the amount of saturated fat at the same time you’re increasing the monounsaturated fats found in olive oil,” said Dr. Howard LeWine, the chief medical editor of Harvard Health Publishing, part of Harvard Medical School.
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“The message is to use olive oil as a substitute for saturated fats in your cooking and salad dressings wherever possible,” LeWine, who was not involved in the study, said. Food habits of persons engaged in two big government-funded studies: the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study were examined in this research. The diet findings were then compared to those people’s sickness and mortality records throughout time.

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According to study author Marta Guasch-Ferre, a senior research scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, men and women who replaced just over 2 teaspoons (10 grams) of margarine, butter, mayonnaise, or dairy fat with the same amount of olive oil had up to a 34 percent lower overall risk of dying than people who ate little to no olive oil.
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“This is the first long-term study on olive oil and mortality in the American population, with more than 90,000 participants followed for up to 30 years, compared to previous studies conducted in Mediterranean and European populations where olive oil consumption is higher,” Guasch-Ferre wrote via email.

“Our results provide further support for recommendations to replace saturated fat and animal fat with unsaturated plant oils, such as olive oil, for the prevention of premature death,” she added.
People who reported eating the highest levels of olive oil had a 19% lower risk of dying from heart conditions, a 17% lower risk of dying from cancer, a 29% lower risk of dying from neurodegenerative disease, and an 18% lower risk of dying from respiratory disease mortality compared with those who never or rarely consumed olive oil in place of saturated fats, said Susanna Larsson, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, in an accompanying editorial. Both the study and editorial were published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Larsson said that the link between olive oil and fewer fatalities from brain disease was “new.” “This finding, if validated, is of considerable public health importance, given the absence of preventive therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and the high morbidity and death associated with this disease.”

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