Study participants were assigned to a low-fat diet (the control group), or two versions of the TMD:
- TMD + virgin olive oil, or
- TMD + nuts
The authors said, "a modification in the entire diet pattern managed to achieve in just one year, results that pharmaceutical drugs did not -- even after two years of treatment."
Final results are to be published once the clinical trial is completed next year.
Source: Effect of a traditional Mediterranean diet on apolipoproteins B, A-I, and their ratio: A randomized, controlled trial
Here are a couple other olive oil studies I covered previously:
- olive oil reducing blood pressure as much as prescription drugs
- olive oil reducing the risk of stroke