The International Olive Council,  based in Madrid, Spain, chose UC Davis to host their first International Olive Oil Seminar on Olive Oil and Health on January 17, 2018.  This was the launch of The Olive Oil Promise.  

I watched first 3 presenters and all 3 were all interesting but what caught my attention the most was the lecture by Estefanía Toledo, professor from the University of Navarra Medical School in Spain.

Estefanía talked about how eating just 4 tablespoons of a good quality EVOO can decrease your chances of getting postmenopausal breast cancer by 68%.  She also noted that EVOO can reduce the risk of colon cancer as well. WOW!

But while eating extra Virgin Olive Oil is important you must also eat a healthy diet. They recommend the Mediterranean Diet, which includes fish, nuts and fresh fruits and vegetables.

José Luchsinger from Columbia University Medical Center has been researching EVOO and brain health.  He has found a correlation between EVOO and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s, stroke and dementia, as well as helping with depression.  He continues his research on EVOO and the brain. Very interesting!

They also mentioned Olive Oil and baking.  And if you have read my other blogs, you know that baking with EVOO is delicious and healthy!

I think it’s fascinating to read all of the health benefits of EVOO – the studies that Estafanía has done actually show that a low-fat diet actually increases the risk of cancers.  And to think that you can keep your brain healthy by eating EVOO is equally fascinating.  

EVOO is a nutritious and delicious way to consume your healthy fats, as well as all of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Always make sure the EVOO you buy is authentic and 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Cheers to a delicious way to keep healthy!

Ciao for now,


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