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Quinn on Nutrition: Lessons on olive oil By BARBARA QUINN THE MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD | OCT 04, 2019 Italians call it "olio d'oliva" oil of the olive. And their rich use of olive oil may be one of the secrets to the renowned health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. One stop on our recent trip to Italy was at the Santa Tea Olive Mill in Reggello, a small community in Tuscany that produces 700 different types of olive trees. What makes a good olive oil? Our Swiss-born guide, Belle, said it starts with the soil (sandy) and higher altitude (fewer...

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A new pilot study recommends adding extra virgin olive oil to the diets of men with prostate cancer. The study found that adding extra virgin olive oil to the plant-based diet recommended by the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), produced similar weight loss results as well as helped to increase the absorption of compounds with anticancer properties. Effective dietary advice for decreasing prostate cancer risk and progression should include healthy fat.- Mary Flynn, Brown University Miriam HospitalFor men who have low-risk prostate cancer, the PCF recommends weight loss as a way of reducing the risk of cancer recurrence and metastasis. “Being...

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The statistics are earth-shattering. Heart disease accounts for one of every three deaths in the United States. Each day, 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease — about one every 40 seconds. Celebrate Heart Month by observing the suggestions below so you’re not one of the three. Hopefully you'll make these superfoods part of your everyday eating plan. Start by filling your shopping cart with fresh fruits and veggies, fish, whole grains and healthy fats like Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Though many foods can help keep your heart healthy dietitians say these superstars definitely should be on your plate: » Berries...

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Dieting supports an illusion that weight loss leads to happiness and health. Honestly, for most people, weight loss just tends to lead to more worry about weight re-gain It’s that time of year again - after the indulgences of the Christmas period when we’re all feeling a little more sluggish and heavier than we did at the beginning of December, we inevitably feel the desire to focus on our health. Gym memberships are bought, the fridge is stocked with greens, and detox juice cleanses are embarked upon. But this diet culture actually does us no favours. By going on a...

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More science to confirm that olives and extra virgin olive oil fights type 2 diabetes and obesity A Virginia Tech research team discovered that the olive-derived compound oleuropein helps the body secrete more insulin, a central signaling molecule in the body that controls metabolism. The same compound also detoxifies another signaling molecule called amylin that over-produces and forms harmful aggregates in type 2 diabetes. In these two distinct ways, oleuropein helps prevent the onset of disease. However, little was previously known about what specific compounds and biochemical interactions in the fruit contribute to its medical and nutritional benefits such as...

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