Extra Virgin Olive Oil Controls Obesity

Obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health for several chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Because of the fast rate at which these conditions are spreading across the world, international organizations like UNESCO and WHO are proposing different intervention strategies. The Mediterranean diet has therefore been given a privileged place among the recommended food strategies.

A diet of nutrient dense foods as the main source of calories helps to improve satiety, which prevents snacking on nutrient void high calorie foods that can lead to overeating and eventually obesity. Of course, fat is a big factor in the satiety we feel after eating. Not only that but fat helps stimulate the gastric reflux to help us digest the foods we consume. Extra virgin olive oil is an example of a nutrient dense fat that helps you feel more satiated.

New research has indicated that following a pro-vegetarian diet, rich in plant foods while low in animal foods, can reduce the risk of obesity by almost half. This eating plan includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables and olive oil, all of which are components of the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet). The MedDiet is a lifestyle of eating nutritious food. In contrast with some weight loss measures that carry health risks or side effects, this eating plan is renowned for its health benefits.

As already covered by the Olive Oil Times, UNESCO, the United Nations agency responsible for designating world heritage sites and other aspects of human achievement and history of educational, cultural or scientific value, has recently included a menu for the first time among the category of unique cultural heritage that must be protected and promoted. The diet is the traditional Mediterranean diet, and its fundamental ingredients – foremost among them, of course, is olive oil.