Olive oil and prevention of chronic diseases: Summary of an International conference

Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2018 Jul;28(7):649-656. doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2018.04.004. Epub 2018 Apr 26.


Olive oil is the foremost source of fat in the Mediterranean area and, among other features, sets the Mediterranean diet apart from other dietary regimens. In January 2018, the International Olive Council convened several worldwide experts at the Robert Mondavi Institute (Davis, CA), to discuss and summarize the available data on the effects of olive oil consumption on human health. In this paper, we critically provide a synthesis of the main reported findings, which underscore how and why consuming this oil as part of a balanced diet and healthful lifestyle improves prognosis and extends life- and health-spans.

Keywords: Cancer; Cardiovascular disease; Fatty acids; Mediterranean diet; Neurodegeneration; Olive oil; Socioeconomic status.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease / prevention & control*
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Diet, Healthy*
  • Diet, Mediterranean*
  • Humans
  • Nutritive Value
  • Olive Oil / administration & dosage*
  • Primary Prevention / methods*
  • Protective Factors
  • Recommended Dietary Allowances
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*


  • Olive Oil