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Studies show that the Mediterranean diet has many health benefits. These are greater when combined with exercise. The diet can help you lose or maintain weight. It also helps to manage your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. In older adults, it can improve your brain function. Following the Mediterranean diet may also protect against some chronic diseases, such as:
type 2 diabetes.
of the 1.5 grams of fat in a 15 gram serving of olives, more than 75 percent is monounsaturated, which is not associated with the damaging effects of saturated fats, but is associated with increased longevity, decreased risk of heart disease, reduced risk of chronic disease, lower blood pressure, and improved brain function.