And here's another reason to adhere to the Mediterranean diet. in the field of healthy nutrition experts found that only 4 tablespoons of olive oil a day to help reinforce the positive effects of "good" cholesterol.
Mediterranean diet helps a person reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, as has been repeatedly proven scientifically. Now researchers have discovered that contain a large amount of olive oil food reinforce the positive impact of the so-called "good cholesterol" - HDL. To achieve this effect must be obtained at least 4 tablespoons of olive oil each day. This will prevent the pathological process of forming atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries, which can lead to heart attack or stroke.
However, olive oil does not help reduce the level of "bad" cholesterol - low-density lipoprotein, which is also a risk factor for stroke and heart attack. Researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute in Barcelona got their conclusions on the basis of observations of the state of health and nutrition 296 people with an average age of 66 years who were at high risk because of the threat of heart disease. All volunteers were divided randomly into three groups depending on the type of food.
Someone stuck to the Mediterranean diet with virgin olive oil, someone - the same type of food with an additional amount of nuts, and someone just used the "healthy" control diet. The last group received less red meat, processed foods, and of fatty dairy products and sweets. At the time the study began and after it is completed in all the participants took blood samples for the presence of two types of cholesterol.
It turned out that none of the diets do not increase the content of "good" cholesterol, but both the Mediterranean diet improved the impact of cholesterol. In volunteers who received olive oil, extra virgin, the effect was maximal.