According to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers say if you want to live longer, incorporate more olive oil in your diet. MindBodyGreen says this is especially beneficial if you use it to replace less healthy fats, like butter.
One of the reasons why olive oil is so beneficial is because it’s high in monounsaturated fats and low in polyunsaturated fats. The study found that people who get more than half a tablespoon of olive oil a day tend to be less likely to die from heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, or lung disease than people who take in less. Making the switch from butter to olive oil could be beneficial as the latter is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and heart-healthy fats.
People that consumed the most of this oil were found to be more active, eat more vegetables, and were less likely to smoke than those that took in less. According to one of the study’s authors Marta Guasch-Ferré, Ph.D., this suggests that eating more oil might lead to a healthier lifestyle overall.
Some ways to implement more of this oil into your diet include salad dressings, baking, frying, and using it to top bread or other food. Here’s one recipe from MindBodyGreen for an olive oil-rich pie crust.