I continued to be fascinated by the Seven Countries Study. Conducted in the late 1950’s, researchers studied the relationship between diet and cardiovascular diseases. They studied seven groups of people in several countries, United States, Japan, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Finland and Yugoslavia.
I’ve written about this study in a previous article. The people on Crete came out on top by far. Heart attacks and strokes were almost unknown, even though they ate the same amount of fat as the country that had the highest rates of cardiovascular disease. In the worst country, the fat came from animal sources. In Crete, it came vegetable sources, specifically olive oil.
One aspect of this study that stands out in my mind is the amount of fruit they ate in Crete. the average Cretan consumes four times more fruit than the average southern European and six times more than the northern European. Much of the fruit they ate on Crete was citrus.
Liver health is key to almost every system to the body. Citrus and olive oil have been used for centuries to clean and rejuvenate the liver. The body gets rid of cholesterol through bile which is made in the liver. If the liver or gall bladder is clogged, the body has a hard time getting rid of cholesterol.
I’ll write more about this soon. In the mean time, what are your thoughts on this?