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Green olives for a toned body
OMG. What an awful headline. We have always so said we would never, never ever use headlines like this for our posts. But this time we have no choice. Italian researchers have written in Immunity & Ageing that you can lose a good kilo of body fat and gain almost the same in muscle mass by eating 12 green olives every day, so we had no choice. Only such an outrageous headline will do.
Olives are an important part of the Sicilian region's economy. The researchers were open about the economic interests related to their study.
The research was financed by the Italian government, which has been subsidising research on the health effects of Italian foods such as olive oil and red wine for years.
The participants lost over a kilo of body fat and gained almost a kilo of muscle mass.
If green olives really do have a body recompositioning effect, then we, ignorant compilers of this gratis webzine, wonder whether that effect is actually due to CLAs.
Green olives also contain relatively large amounts of oleuropein, a phenol that animal studies have shown to boost testosterone levels, lower cortisol levels and stimulate anabolism. Animal studies also suggest that olive phenols such as oleuropein boost the activity of the thyroid hormone in the body, and possibly in this way stimulate fat loss.
"In the era of many expensive and mysterious longevity elixirs, olives could represent a traditional, cheap and accessible to everyone 'healthy food'."