According to a new study that was recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, following a Mediterranean diet rich in nuts and extra virgin olive oil can help to reverse the problems associated with metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is basically a precursor to diabetes—people who suffer from it are considered to have at least three of the risk factors commonly associated with it. These
factors include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood glucose levels, among others. Approximately 34 percent of all adults in America have metabolic syndrome, a shockingly high amount. This is due largely to the overwhelming presence of obesity and lack of physical activity in many people’s lives.
In the study, participants followed three different diets: a low-fat diet, a Mediterranean diet featuring supplements of olive oil and a Mediterranean diet supplemented with various types of nuts. The study was conducted for an average of 4.8 years per participant.
Those people who followed either of the Mediterranean diets saw significant reductions in both obesity and blood glucose levels. Additionally, 28.2 percent of all people who followed either Mediterranean diet no longer met the criteria necessary for metabolic syndrome at the completion of the research.
The researchers also mentioned that there were not any differences between the groups in terms of exercise or weight loss strategies, meaning that the results of the survey can be attributed to the changes they made in their diets.
While there are some limitations of the study, this is yet another convincing study showing the health benefits of olive oil. Earlier studies this year have also demonstrated similar findings, including the many different benefits to the heart associated with a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil.
When you order your extra virgin olive oil from My Olive Tree, you are not only making an excellent dietary choice, but you are also helping us to further our mission work in Israel to bring the people of the region out of poverty and to help them reclaim the desert. Place your order today, and contact us for more information about our groves.
Mediterranean diets and metabolic syndrome status in the PREDIMED randomized trial
Interpretation: A Mediterranean diet supplemented with either extra virgin olive oil or nuts is not associated with the onset of metabolic syndrome, but such diets are more likely to cause reversion of the condition. An energy-unrestricted Mediterranean diet may be useful in reducing the risks of central obesity and hyperglycemia in people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov, no.ISRCTN35739639.
Our mission is to create a partnership between the Evangelical community and the nation of Israel; this partnership will produce employment, income, and revenue for humanitarian aid projects in Israel. We envision the planting of one-million olive trees over the next seven years. This relationship was prophesied in the Bible centuries ago, that the foreigners and strangers (those not of Jewish descent) would help rebuild the walls of Israel and cause the desert to bloom (Isa 35:1). Among other things, this reforestation is an environmental blessing for the entire region. May all who participate in this project be blessed body, soul and spirit; it is time for you to take root in Israel!