Previous studies have suggested that sticking to a diet high in olive oil can be as effective as statins at reducing the risk of a heart attack.
Researchers in Barcelona found that volunteers assigned to a Mediterranean-type diet had a 30 per cent lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke over five years, compared with those randomly selected for the low fat diet.
A review of 50 academic studies in 2011 found that diets high in olive oil lowered the risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.
The research was published in the journal Circulation.
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