Olive Oil May Help Prevent Osteoporosis
Move over, milk: The latest food to have bone-building benefits is olive oil. Researchers assigned 127 elderly men at risk for cardiovascular disease to a low-fat diet, a Mediterranean diet with plenty of nuts, or a Mediterranean diet with added olive oil. After two years, those on the Mediterranean diet with added olive oil had greater increases in signs of bone formation than did men on the other two diets. Eating olives had the same effect. The study suggests a Mediterranean diet with plenty of olives or olive oil may help prevent osteoporosis.
Source: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, published online Aug. 1, 2012