If you are a diabetic, you know that controlling blood sugar has a huge impact on how you feel. Did you also know that controlling inflammation has a huge impact on how you heal? That’s right, stabilizing blood sugar and lowering inflammation over the long term are two of the most critical things you can do to recover from diabetes. Lucky for us, extra virgin olive oil does both.
1. Olive oil rolls back blood sugar levels. A 2006 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine put 772 people on either a low-fat diet, a Mediterranean diet emphasizing extra virgin olive oil, or a Mediterranean diet emphasizing nuts. Those on the olive oil and nut diets had significantly lower blood sugar levels than those on the low-fat diet.
2. Olive oil tames inflammation, one of the root causes of diabetes. Researchers now believe that systemic inflammation is a primary cause of diabetes. In part, that’s because inflammation destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. So getting inflammation under control is essential for healing this disease. The study mentioned above found that the olive oil diet put the brakes on C-reactive protein, an indicator of systemic inflammation.
3. A peppery finish means anti-inflammatory power. This is how we learned that olive oil’s “ zing” is a good thing. One day a scientist visiting Sicily got a taste of fresh-pressed olive oil. He noticed a peppery, ticklish sensation at the back of his throat. That surprised him, because it was nearly identical to the “sting” of liquid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) he’d worked with in previous clinical trials. It made him wonder if olive oil’s peppery nutrient was also an anti-inflammatory.
The researcher learned that “the zing” was caused by oleocanthal. And indeed, it blocked inflammatory enzymes in the body. His team discovered that 50 milliliters of olive oil (about 3 1/2 Tbsp.) has the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving power of a 200-mg tablet of ibuprofen. Even better: it has zero side effects. This research was published in the prestigious science magazine Nature.
3. Olive oil helps reduce weight. If you worry that olive oil in your diet might cause you to gain weight, you can relax. Olive oil is one of the fats that helps you lose weight because it boosts your metabolism (making you burn fat) and it helps you feel full (making it easier to put down your fork). That’s important, because less weight means less risk of diabetes.
Even though this seems to contradict everything we’ve ever learned about fat making us fat, studies shows it works. For example, Harvard research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. compared the waistline measurements of a group who consumed moderate amounts of olive oil to those on a low-fat diet. Those who enjoyed olive oil lost 9 pounds and trimmed 3 inches from their waistlines while the low-fat group gained 6 pounds and added 1 inch.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) has the most “medicine”. Freshly pressed, extra virgin oils are by far the most medicinal. The oleocanthal is strongest just after the olives are pressed, and then fades down to nothing after a year. And you simply can’t beat the flavor of fresh olive oils. They don’t have that “dead” oily feel, but instead they are light, and sometimes buttery or “grassy” with undertones of wood or fruit, like a fine wine. That makes them much easier to get down the hatch! Pour olive oil on salads, steamed vegetables or stir-fries after the cooking is done, put it in dips, or take it by the spoonful!
Learn more about how to find good, fresh-pressed olive oil here.
Our favorite source of fresh oil is the Fresh Pressed Olive Oil Club.
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