What Is ‘Healthy Fat’?

The benefits of fat-free diets have been debunked – recent research has revealed that when it comes to maintaining health, the type of fat consumed is much more impactful than the amount of fat. As many of you know, the nutritionist-backed Mediterranean Diet includes many foods with high levels of unsaturated fats, like nuts, fish, … Read more

A Healthy Pantry: What Makes Extra Virgin Olive Oil So Good for Us

We at California Olive Ranch invite you to join us in our project to craft a healthier pantry! No surprise here, we always have extra virgin olive oil on hand. It’s an extremely versatile, delicious, and, of course, healthy oil – we use it to sauté, bake, fry, drizzle, roast, dip… the list goes on. But … Read more

Heart Health & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

February is Heart Month so we wanted to shine light on some of the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil as it relates to cardiovascular health. Did you know that heart disease remains the number one cause of death in America? And do you what plays the most critical role in the heart disease … Read more

Mediterranean-Type Diet May Guard Against Chronic Kidney Disease – Study

Chalk up yet another potential health benefit tied to a Mediterranean-style diet.  A new study finds that adhering to that regimen – rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, and heart-healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil – may significantly reduce your risk of developing chronic kidney disease. People who stuck to a dietary pattern resembling … Read more

Study Suggests Olive Oil, Nuts May Help Reverse Heart Risk Factors

More evidence that eating like a Greek can be good for your ticker. According to a new study, consuming a Mediterranean diet with additional extra virgin olive oil or nuts could reverse conditions that trigger heart disease. Spanish researchers found that people who ate fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and fish along with extra olive oil … Read more

Study Shows How Fat In Olive Oil Could Reverse Heart Failure

Olive oil may reverse heart failure, a new report suggests. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine found that oleate –a common fat found in olive oil – helped failing hearts to use body fat as a fuel to keep pumping. The findings are reported in the journal Circulation. “This gives … Read more

Studies: Mediterranean Diet May Cut Diabetes Risk, And Slow Disease

More good news on the health front. Two studies suggest eating a Mediterranean-style diet may lower your risk of diabetes – or, if you’ve contracted the disease, slow its progression more effectively than a low-fat diet. The Mediterranean diet is rich in olive oil, fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seafood. In … Read more

Firefighters On Olive Oil Diet Show Better Heart Health – Study

When it comes to heart health, firefighters who eat a Mediterranean-type diet may have a leg up on their colleagues who go for sugary drinks and fast foods, a new study suggests. Among a large group of Midwestern firefighters, those who stuck more closely to a Mediterranean-style diet faced a lower risk of heart disease … Read more

Mediterranean Diet May Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes – Study

More good news on the Mediterranean diet front. Sticking to a Mediterranean diet rich in extra virgin olive oil may lower the risk of diabetes – even when people don’t lose weight or exercise more, a new study suggests. In addition to olive oil, the Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, fruit, nuts, whole grains, … Read more

Mediterranean Diet Key to Dementia Fight – Not Drugs, Doctors Argue

More news on the Mediterranean diet front. A group of leading doctors this month declared the fight against dementia should be focused on the health benefits of eating a Mediterranean diet – not on “dubious” drugs. In an open letter to Britain’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, they argued that persuading people to eat a Mediterranean … Read more

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