Is it true that two tablespoons of olive oil a day can halve your risk of heart disease and help sustain weight loss?

Can olive oil kill cancer cells, fight Alzheimer’s Disease, revive a failing heart and even turn off bad genes?

Unlocking The Secrets of The Mediterranean

Olive oil expert Judy Ridgway and Dr Simon Poole, an authority on the Mediterranean Diet, co-authors of the Olive Oil Diet, take an authoritative look at the science behind the headlines. Recent studies have shown that a diet based around olive oil will significantly improve your health, well-being and vitality. It will also help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid heart disease, stroke and diseases such as cancer, diabetes and dementia.

Good fat is definitely back on the menu

With confusing messages on what to eat and what not to eat, The Olive Oil Diet combines the original ancient superfood, extra virgin olive oil, with natural, wholesome foods from the Mediterranean and beyond, to create the recipe for the healthiest and most enjoyable way to live. It is a book which makes sense of fats, health and the famous Mediterranean Diet.

A Diet for life

The Olive Oil Diet is the only diet you will ever need. It is not a diet to take up when you feel under the weather or want to lose weight and leave off when you feel better. It is a diet for life.


We are very honoured to have achieved a Best in the World First Prize at the prestigious Gourmand International Book Awards 2017 – the “Oscars” of food writing as well as the Gold Diploma, OIS Health and Food Awards, 2017.

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The combination of these two experts — Dr. Simon Poole and Judy Ridgway — guarantees total understanding of both the nutrition science and the culinary applications around extra virgin olive oil.   If you’re not already, you will be a convert to the everyday use of olive oil — for good health and great taste.
Sara Baer Sinnott, President Oldways
After being diagnosed with cervical cancer The Olive Oil Diet came into my life at the right time and has educated and informed me as to the wonders of extra virgin olive oil and the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
Jessica Rose Knowles, Hello Magazine
The book manages to pull off that difficult challenge of giving the science whilst still being fun to read for the non-scientist. Ditching the veg oil and using olive oil is central to adopting a Med diet, and this book shows you how.
Dr Richard Hoffman
University of Hertfordshire, Author The Mediterranean Diet, Health and Science
This is a great book, highlighting the huge scientific trial showing that a diet rich in olive oil can cut heart attacks by almost a third. This is better than statins and without worrying side effects
Professor Simon Capewell
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Liverpool
A refreshing wake up call to living the way we used to do. A perfect balance between science and easy reading. Something people can read, and then base their “dieta” around.
Joe Hurd
BBC presenter, Chef
5 Stars! Not only a thoroughly enjoyable read, but also the most scientifically comprehensive book on one of nature’s best medicines
Dr Aseem Malhotra
Cardiologist and Commentator
A must read. The Olive Oil Diet brings fascinating new perspectives on the Mediterranean Diet with olive oil – the essential ingredient at it’s heart. A practical guide to make the Mediterranean Diet part of everyday life
Ian Marber
Nutritionist and Columnist
This is the go-to book for facts on the health benefits of olive oil and how to switch to the Mediterranean diet every day
Professor Tim Spector
Author "The Diet Myth"