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Parts reprinted from "Country Sun" magazine

Using olive oil instead of butter may improve heart health, researcher find. Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported:

“Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about two tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil.” The FDA’s qualified health claim requires that olive oil replace saturated fat- rather than increase the number of calories that people consume daily.

“Since coronary heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States, it is a public health priority to make sure that consumers have accurate and useful information on reducing their risk,” says Lester M. Crawford, acting FDA commissioner. A recent study of elderly Europeans finds that those consuming olive oil as part of the Mediterranean diet had half the mortality rate of those who followed a less healthy diet and lifestyle.

After traveling to Tuscany in Italy last summer, The Hippy Gourmet discovered a healthy and vibrant elderly community in Europe, especially those preparing recipes and eating quite a lot of olive oil on a daily basis. The Hippy Gourmet recommends discovering a wide variety of 100% organic olive oils on the market, and incorporating them into your recipes, salad dressings and even as a dip with bread.


Selected Sources

“FDA, Citing Limited Studies, Says Olive Oil May Boost Heart Health,” AP, Boston Globe, 11/2/04
“Mediterranean Diet, Lifestyle Factors and 10-year Mortality in Elderly European Men and Women” by Kim T.B. Knoops, 2004 &


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