Olive oil cuts risk of stroke

People who cook with olive oil are 41 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who never eat it, say experts.

Older people will live longer if they eat lots of it, researchers say. In countries like France, Greece, Spain and Italy, olive oil is regarded as the classic eating habit, Daily Mail said Thursday.

However, Britons eat higher levels of animal or saturated fats, and annually about 120,000 suffer strokes, it said. Up to 30 percent die within a month.

Olive oil contains omega-6 fats which block the body’s response to inflammation in chronic conditions like heart disease and arthritis and also reduces blood pressure.

A total of 7,625 people aged 65 or more who never had a stroke were observed as part of a study, which took into account diet, physical activity, weight and other risk factors.

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