Olive Oil Gets FDA Green Light

The FDA has decided to let foods containing olive oil carry a label that says, "limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease...." Consumers are further advised to use olive oil to replace a similar amount of saturated fat in their diets and to NOT increase their total number of daily calories.

Comment: This FDA label may seem amusing to all those people living around the Mediterranean whose ancestors have been already been using olive oil for thousands of years.

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com

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