Since the 1960s the diet of the Mediterranean people has evoked much interest and research. Noted for their low incidence of chronic disease and their high life expectancy, today the Mediterranean diet is recognized as one of the healthiest in the world.

This diet is defined by:

•    High consumption of olive oil;

•    High consumption of legumes and unrefined cereals;

•    High consumption of fruit and vegetables;

•    High consumption of fish;

•    Moderate consumption of dairy products;

•    Moderate consumption of wine;

•    Low consumption of red meat and meat products.

Fats represent as much as 40% of the total daily calories in the Mediterranean diet. But because olive oil is a monounsaturated fatty acid, it does not have the same cholesterol-raising effect of saturated fats.

Olive oil has many health benefits from protecting against heart disease, regulating cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of cancer to maintaining a healthy digestive system, building strong bones and boosting the immune system. But possibly most importantly as we gaze upon our reflection in the mirror, is olive oil’s in role in weight control.

A number of studies internationally show that when people replace saturated fats with monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, they maintain or lose weight, they eat less and there is better breakdown of stored fat.

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