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EFSA Approves Health Claim For Olive Oil Ingredient

September 13, 2011: 09:38 AM EST
After studying scientific findings on the health benefits of hydroxytyrosol, an orthodiphenol found in olives and olive oil, the European Food Safety Authority has issued a scientific opinion stating that the ingredient does protect blood lipids from oxidative damage. The EFSA approved the health claims of the product Hytolive, which has a high concentration of natural hydroxytyrosol. The agency based its opinion on the results of three studies that showed a “dose dependent and significant effect of olive oil hydroxytyrosol … on lowering levels of oxidized low density lipoproteins (LDL)” after three weeks of consumption. The EFSA said consuming five mg a day of the ingredient would qualify for an approved health claim.
"EFSA Panel Approves Hydroxytyrosol for Heart-Health Claims", Nutrition Horizon, September 13, 2011, © CNS Media BV
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