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"An ounce* of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

*6  teaspoons of olive oil per day = one ounce = 30ml = 2 tablespoons

The Biggest Killer in the World
The leading cause of death in the world is heart disease (cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, stroke) taking 17.5 million lives per year. It is the biggest killer in the US ending nearly 2 people's lives every minute (930,000 each year). Heart attacks & stokes kill more people each year than cancer (7.6 million worldwide) combined with AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (6 million worldwide). It is an "equal opportunity" destroyer, killing men & women, rich & poor of all races, creeds and colors in developed and undeveloped nations. It is a silent killer, giving little warning before it strikes, so to prevent heart disease you need to make changes in your diet & lifestyle now.

Lowering your Risk  
Over 30% of the risk factors* for heart disease are related to the excessive use of unhealthy fats (trans fats, saturated fats, partially hydrogenated fats) which build up the "bad" type of cholesterol (LDL) and clog up your arteries with plaque (Atherosclerosis)[1]. This causes heart attacks and strokes. Extra virgin olive oil increases the "good" cholesterol (HDL) which cleans your arteries from plaque build up and increases arterial elasticity. Daily intake of 6 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil increase the flexibility of your arteries and it antioxidants help to heal your arteries. It therefore helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Olive oil has no LDL ("bad" cholesterol). *According to the World Heart Federation. Other major controllable risk factors include tobacco, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes.

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Change your oil (dump the "bad fats")

decrease risk by 1/3

The American Heart Association recommends that you use olive or similar oils instead of unhealthy fats. Replacing unhealthy fats with healthy oils like olive oil could, in theory, add up to 10 years to your life. Compare olive oil to other oils. Why not dump bad fats (trans fats & saturated fats) now, and replace them with olive oil? This study estimates that between 30,000 and 100,000 cardiac deaths per year in the United States are attributable to the consumption of trans fats.[39]

6 teaspoons a day

for just   11˝ ˘ a day

The daily allowance for oils & fats recommended by the USDA is about 6 teaspoons (one ounce, 30ml). It costs about 15˝ ˘ per day for this much extra virgin olive oil.* Using extra virgin olive oil instead of the least expensive cooking oils costs about 11˝ ˘ more per day.**  At this rate in a year each person would consume about 3 US gallons or 11 liters of olive oil. Because of the short term healing properties of extra virgin olive oil it is important to have it as a daily part of your diet.
*$1.09 per week or $57 per year; if you pay $20 per gallon' **$5 per gallon, $43 per person per year.
Source: 1.Title: Atherosclerosis: A Major Cause of Cardiovascular Disease Publisher: CDC

Do you want to learn more about how olive oil helps you stay healthy?




Heart-Protecting Component of Olive Oil Discovered

April 2, 2009

reported in  Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, lead researcher: Fatima Paiva-Martins, at the University of Porto, Portugal.

Scientists have discovered the polyphenol in extra virgin olive oil that gives greatest protection from heart attack and stroke. DHPEA-EDA is the main antioxidant in olive oil that protects red blood cells from damage.




Phytochemicals Make Olive Oil Even More Awesome Than Previously Believed

December 18, 2008

Extra-virgin olive oil contains 'phytochemicals', that can trigger the death of cancer cells according to research published in the BMC Cancer journal,  suppressing the cancer gene HER2 and therefore reducing the risk of breast cancer. (more...)

Read about the heart-health benefits of  phytochemicals (plant sterols, flavonoids and sulfur-containing compounds) according to the American Heart Association here.


Heart Disease Prevention
November 9, 2008
32 simple steps we should all take to battle heart disease
Pour on the Olive Oil
Men whose diet include as much as 2 ounces of Olive oil a day have an 82% lower risk of having a fatal heart attack than men who consume little or none. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats-known to hinder the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol into its artery – clogging form.... more...

Antioxidants and the Mediterranean Diet
November 9, 2008
Reference: (1) Visioli, Francesco and Galli, Claudio. “The Role of Antioxidants in the Mediterranean Diet.” Lipids, Vol.36, Supplement (2001).
...the importance of antioxidants and the role it plays in the Mediterranean Diet.... Phytochemicals (nonvitamin antioxidants) Polyphenols fall into the category of phytochemicals and are very abundant in the Mediterranean diet especially when it comes to “its high proportion of fruits and vegetables and to the consumption of red wine and olive oil.”  ... more...

Calorie density: A tool to stop weight gain
November 8, 2008
By Karen Collins, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
The average American adult gains one to two pounds a year. Now, two new studies add to the mounting evidence that adults can fight this tendency by limiting the calorie density of our diets, particularly by including plenty of vegetables and fruits.... But nutritious foods high in healthful fat, like nuts and olive oil, were not associated with weight gain... more...

For good health, put heart in your cooking
November 6, 2008

Too often, people think that developing heart disease dooms them to a life of boring, tasteless food. North Shore cardiologists Dr. Micah Eimer and Dr. Irwin Silverman challenge that notion by teaming up again with Chef Dawn Dlugosz of "A New Dawn Cooking School" which meets in Whole Foods Market, Northbrook, for a heart healthy cooking class in the grocery store's classroom. ... more...




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  BOTTOM LINE: What if you could add 10 years to your life? Dumping unhealthy fats and replacing them with 6 teaspoons (30ml) of olive oil each day will decrease your risk of heart disease by 1/3 and could extend your life.