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Nutrition seminar highlights role of olive oil in metabolic health

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To foster an interest in metabolic health among healthcare professionals and nutritionists by stimulating discussions on emerging lifestyle-related health issues, Leonardo Olive Oil, a leading edible oil brand of Cargill Foods India, organised a nutritionist meet featuring presentations, expert talks and nutrition symposia in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The seminar held at Max Hospital, Saket, saw 20 nutritionists from the hospital in attendance.

“In today’s age most of the people are suffering from health issues with the changing lifestyle trends. So, if you are concerned about your metabolic health, then include Leonardo Olive Oil in your regular diet,” said Neelima Burra, Chief Marketing Officer, Cargill Foods India.

Leonardo Olive Oil cooks in 1/3rd the quantity as compared to other refined oils while keeping the taste and palatability high. With improved metabolic health through consumption of olive oil, you could enjoy your life in a better and healthier way; keeping away health ailments,” she added.

Leonardo Olive Oil has commissioned a study aimed at mapping the change in the lipid profile of consumers when their regular cooking oil was replaced by Leonardo Olive Pomace Oil.

The study establishes the role of the oil brand in improving metabolic health, without compromising on the traditional Indian taste and cost of food.

The measures of evaluation included both health metrics and experiential measures such as feelings of satiety, activity level and general health. The study also showed how the usage of olive oil leads to the reduction of oil consumption by 66 per cent. This is due to the high mono unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) content in Leonardo Olive Oil which blocks the penetration of oil in food.

“Even if you have years of unhealthy eating, you can still improve your metabolic health by changing the way you choose the food you eat. You need to increase the intake of mono unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA)-rich in your diet, which is known to bring positive changes in weight, BMI and metabolic system,” said Dr Kumud Khanna, Former Director, Institute of Home Economics, Delhi University

Consumption of MUFA will also leads to the control of glycemic and plasma lipids, an increased insulin sensitivity in diabetic patients and an overall sense of better cardiovascular health,” she added.

According to doctors, metabolic health is strongly linked to the type of fat intake. Diets rich in MUFA have been associated with improved control of glycemic and plasma lipids, an increased insulin sensitivity in diabetic patients and an overall sense of better cardiovascular health.

Olive Oil has highest MUFA (75 per cent) as compared to other refined oils. In addition, it is a rich source of antioxidants and oleic acid – which helps in reducing the intake of oil through the food cooked in it.

Leonardo Olive Oil also boosts good cholesterol, helps in weight and waist-line management, controls blood sugar levels, and is trans-fat free – making it a source of improved metabolic health.

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