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Olive Oil Benefits, Terminology, and Uses

Olive Oil Benefits, Terminology, and Uses
More than half of olive oil users agree that choosing an olive oil is confusing because they aren't sure of olive oil benefits, terminology, and uses. In fact, only 25% say they are "very knowledgeable" about olive oil, according to a new study conducted by the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) of more than 2,000 olive oil users. Currently, only 4 in 10 US consumers use olive oil, accounting for about 15% of the retail volume sales compared with other cooking oils. The NAOOA is sharing its findings, tips on how to help consumers increase their olive oil knowledge, and reminding health experts gathered at the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta of the mounting evidence of olive oil's health benefits. Setting the Record Straight "There remains a lot of work to be done to help make olive oil a mainstay in...
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Bone-Boosting Benefits of Dried Plums

Bone-Boosting Benefits of Dried Plums
Fifty-seven million Americans suffer from low bone density or osteoporosis, a disease which causes bones to become so weak and brittle that even a minor fall or other stresses may cause fractures. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in July examined the mechanism of the bone-protective properties of an unlikely source—California dried plums. To further understand the mechanism by which dried plums (prunes) improve bone health, researchers from San Diego State University and Florida State University used data collected from a previous 12-month clinical trial that compared the bone-protective effects of dried plums and dried apples. Results from this clinical trial confirmed the bone-protective properties of dried plums, and several animal studies have also supported this finding. However, the mechanisms by which dried plums impart their bone-protective properties remain unclear. "While it is difficult to identify the exact mechanism behind dried plums' positive effect on bones, this study...
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