Bellucci Premium Urges Consumers to Protect Heart Health with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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A recent study in Spain confirmed the reputed health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and its main component, extra virgin olive oil. Bellucci Premium Toscano, the network of Tuscan olive oil producers, offers a comment supporting the study.

On March 18, Bellucci Premium Toscano responds to new findings from a Spanish research team which found that a Mediterranean diet rich in nuts and extra virgin olive oil can help defend against heart attack and stroke.

According to The Olive Oil Times, a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that “a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil or nuts can reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by 30 percent, compared to a low fat diet.”

The study examined “over 7,000 participants who had a high risk for cardiovascular disease,” dividing them into three “dietary intervention groups” and following their progress for almost five years, reports Olive Oil Times. The control group was put on a basic low-fat diet, while the other two groups were put on a Mediterranean diet supplemented with either mixed nuts or extra virgin olive oil, respectively.

According to the Olive Oil Times, "The researchers noted rates of heart attacks, stroke or cardiovascular related deaths. The results of the study showed that the group that received the Mediterranean diet intervention with olive oil or nuts had a 30 percent reduced incidence of major cardiovascular events."

Natalie Sexenian, Marketing Manager for Bellucci Premium, comments on the findings saying, “Years ago, the FDA approved the research community’s claim that a daily dose of olive oil may protect against heart disease. Many doctors and hospitals recommend the Mediterranean diet over other low-fat diet options. This longitudinal study represents a significant confirmation of previous findings, which is great news for those of us interested in raising awareness about the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.”

Sexenian adds that Bellucci recommends consuming at least two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil a day to capitalize on its heart-healthy effects.

Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, that offers a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. The third type of oil Bellucci offers is the world’s finest Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown only by Italian growers in many different regions of Italy.


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