English researchers, as part of a large study looking at the effects of diet on health, have found moderate amounts of olive oil make a big difference in preventing the debilitating digestive disorder ulcerative colitis.
Looking at detailed food records kept by 25,000 study participants, the scientists were able to consider differences in people who developed the condition. Study participants who ingested the most olive oil had 90 percent less risk of developing ulcerative colitis than those who didn’t.
Researchers conclude that half of all cases could be prevented by increasing consumption of oleic acid, which is plentiful in olive oil. And it only takes a modest 2-3 tablespoons daily to see the effect. (Via ScienceDaily).