Can Olive Oil Reverse the Effects of a High-Fat Diet?
Previous studies have shown that adding olive oil to the diet can decrease heart disease risk. Now, new research suggests a substance found in extra-virgin olive oil may help reduce the adverse health effects associated with a diet high in fat.
According to researchers, hydroxytyrosol—a polyphenol with antioxidant properties found in extra-virgin olive oil—is believed to provide many of olive oil’s health benefits. In a recent animal study, this substance was shown to have a protective effect on the liver—minimizing the negative effects of cholesterol from a high-fat diet and improving liver function.
Hydroxytyrosol also reduced markers of insulin resistance—indicators of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes—which typically increase in response to a diet high in fat. The results of this study were published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease.
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