Extra Virgin Olive Oil Could Lower Blood Sugar
The healthy fats found in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) may help to lower blood sugar after meals, according to a new study from Italy.
Researchers from Sapienza University in Rome found that adding EVOO to a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish helped to reduce the spike in blood sugar that normally accompanies a meal.
"Lowering (post-meal) blood glucose and cholesterol may be useful to reduce the negative effects of glucose and cholesterol on the cardiovascular system," Francesco Violi, lead study author, told Fox News.
An insulin booster?
For the study, researchers added about 2 teaspoons of EVOO to one of the participants' meals, and the same amount of corn oil to another meal.
Unlike EVOO, corn oil did not appear to help lower post-meal blood sugar spikes.
The study's results are consistent with other research on extra virgin olive oil that suggests it helps elevate insulin levels - which, in turn, assist the body in turning glucose into energy.
For diabetics, olive oil can be used in moderation to replace other fats, like butter or salad dressings.
Source: Fox News