Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Olive oil is good for you - that’s not a terribly controversial statement. It’s a staple, after all, of the well regarded Mediterranean diet. The big question has always been why. Did you know olive oil makes you feel fuller than other oils and fats, even just smelling it has that effect?
A new study had groups of people eat yogurt made with various oils. Those who got the olive oil sample showed higher levels of serotonin in their blood – a hormone that makes you feel full - and took in less calories for the rest of the day, even compared to those given canola oil, which has similar nutritional properties.
A second study with plain yogurt -- this time lacing some of the yogurt with olive oil aroma extract –- also tested better for hunger control.