Swapping to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil could help protect your bones in later life, claim researchers.
two years of eating like the Spanish and Italians who use olive oil
rather than less healthy fats may preserve or even build bone in older
people, says a new study.
Mediterranean diet is regarded as the classic eating habits of
populations from countries in southern Europe, even though fewer
inhabitants follow it today.
It has been thought to improve heart
health and stave off cancer because it is high in fruit, vegetables,
fish, nuts, whole grains and 'healthy' fats such as those in olive oil,
while low in red meat and dairy products.
a new study shows further benefits to bones as people eating more olive
oil had higher levels of the hormone osteocalcin in their blood – a
marker linked to better bone strength. Previous
studies have shown that Mediterranean countries have lower rates of
osteoporosis compared with northern European nations, which could be due
to different dietary factors.
Source - Daily Mail