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Include extra-virgin olive oil in your diet for heart-health benefits. But make sure it’s the real deal!   
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Olive oil is an integral part of a Mediterranean-style diet. Eating a diet rich in olive oil cuts your risk of heart attack and stroke by 30 percent. To be sure you’re getting what you want, remember that not every oil that’s labeled “olive oil” delivers on its name. “Light” olive oils may be diluted with cheaper “filler” oils. To ensure that you’re consuming the real stuff, check the back label for an expiration date and a harvest date: Authentic olive oils typically include both. The more recent the harvest date, the better. And remember to buy the extra-virgin type. The most healthful kind is always the one that is the least processed. Extra-virgin olive oil, which has the highest polyphenol content, is cold-pressed only once, at a temperature that will not degrade the oil. Also, buying American makes sense here. Olive oil can be faked, and has been from some popular origins. We even sell American olive oils in our Cleveland Clinic Wellness stores.

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