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

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

Why Kids Need Healthy Fats (Hint: Good for Body & Brain)

Children need some fats and oils to be healthy and to grow properly. Healthy fat also is considered good for brain health. The key: the type of fat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends children get their oils from fish, nuts, avocados, and liquid oils like olive oil. Photo by Alan Berger”Trying to cut way back on fats and oils may … 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

Nutritionist Ed Blonz On Healthy Eating, Olive Oil, Pantry Essentials

Ed Blonz is a busy guy: He’s a nutritionist, a consultant, an award-winning writer, and a professor. His syndicated column, “On Nutrition,” runs weekly in newspapers nationally  and internationally. He’s won the James Beard Foundation Award for his writing. And he’s an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco. We asked him … 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

Study: Mediterranean Diet High in Olive Oil, Nuts May Help Leg Arteries

I’m amazed about the positive news continuing to flow out about the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. The latest: New research suggests people who stick to a Mediterranean diet high in extra virgin olive oil or nuts may reduce their likelihood of developing clogged leg arteries. The analysis builds on the same study which … Read more

Women Who Watch Weight, Eat Mediterranean Diet May Boost Fertility – Experts

Women who watch their weight and adhere to a Mediterranean-style diet – high in vegetables, vegetables oils like olive oil, fish and beans – may boost their odds of becoming pregnant, say dietitians at Loyola University Health System (LUHS) near Chicago. “Establishing a healthy eating pattern and weight is a good first step for women … Read more

News Flash: “Hey, Fellas, Olive Oil And Nuts Tied To Prostate Cancer Survival”

Here’s the latest eye-catching headline, courtesy of NPR, touting the potential health benefits of olive oil and nuts: “Hey, Fellas, Olive Oil And Nuts Tied To Prostate Cancer Survival.” The online article was referring to a study appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine. It suggests men with prostate cancer who consumed a diet rich in vegetable … Read more


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