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Ever wonder what makes Olive Oil so healthy for you?

So far, there are 5 areas that have been focused on nutritional value in olive oil, including its anti-inflammatory agents, antioxidants, DHPEA-EDA, mono-saturated fatty acids, and secoiridoids. To start off with, olive oil contains anti-inflammatory agents, like oleocanthal, that are able to help reduce inflammation in the body, and also helps with anti-clotting properties that make olive oil a better choice for your heart. High quality extra virgin olive oil, in particular, also provides a high content of antioxidants, like polyphenols, vitamins E & K, chlorophyll and carotenoids. These antioxidants are key to strengthening the immune system and protecting the body from the damaging effects of free-radical molecules. It is also found that one of the most important polyphenols found in olive oil is the DHPEA-EDA, which researchers have found protects red blood cells from damage in the body.

One large health benefit olive oil caries is that it is mainly comprised of monounsaturated fatty acids, which is able to control the bodies total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, while also raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good”) cholesterol levels. Finally the secoiridoids found in olive oil is being researched for its anti-cancer properties, and it is also believed to provide the digestive track with some protection. Additional research suggests that olive oil has beneficial properties for bone health, cognitive function, and anti-cancer benefits. Additional research is being conducted to discover additional ways that olive oil can benefit our health.

 

 

It is important to understand that not all olive oils are created equal. Extra virgin olive oil is considered the best grade to deliver healthy benefits because it is the least-processed of all olive oils. Without any processed manipulation like excessive heat or chemicals that would change its chemical makeup, extra virgin olive oil maintains the highest levels of healthy components.

All of our Olive Oils are from the Veronica Foods company where olive are "first pressed" which means you are getting the highest quality of Olive Oil.

 

 

How do you decide the quality of your olive oil?

 Often people believe it is the country of origin but that is only one factor in deciding the olive oil quality.  Instead the most important factor is the peak freshness of the olives and how quickly the olives are brought from the field, processed and bottled.

For olive oil production there are two harvests per year for olives, one in the spring in the northern hemisphere and one in the fall in the southern hemisphere. During the harvest our olives in our olive oil are picked earlier than store bought olive producers, this is because when the olive is left on the vine longer it will "plump up" which will increase the volume of a harvest but also only adds water to the olive which compromises the taste of the olive oil.

 

What is the latest Olive Oil controversy about?? Find the answers to all of your questions in the book "Extra Virginity" by Tom Mueller. Pick it up in our store today.

Our distributor, Veronica Foods, is very active in providing accurate up to date information regarding Extra Virgin Olive Oil and helped provide information for this book. It is very important to get the freshest Extra Virgin Olive Oil and yes, our Extra Virgin Olive Oils are unrefined.

Extra Virginity

 

 

Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Storage and Use Tips:

To get the most flavor and health benefits from your olive oil:

  • Keep your olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a cool, dark place, such as a cupboard but not above or near the stove.
  • Use your olive oil within 9-12 months of purchase.
  • Your Balsamic Vinegar is good for 3-5 years.
  • Don't get distracted by the color of the olive oil.  The quality of the oil has nothing to do with its color, which can range from light yellow to green.
  • Some of the White Balsamics can appear "cloudy" but this does not mean they are bad or expired.

 

Butter to Olive Oil Conversion Chart

Try replacing butter in your favorite recipes.  Whether you're trying to lose weight, lower your cholesteral or just trying to eat healthy, here's how to do it tastefully!

Butter

Olive Oil Equivalent

1 Teaspoon

3/4 Teaspoon

1 Tablespoon

2 1/4 Teaspoon

2 Tablespoons

1 1/2 Tablespoons

1/4 Cup

3 Tablespoons

1/3 Cup

1/4 Cup

1/2 Cup

1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons

2/3 Cup

1/2 Cup

3/4 Cup

1/2 Cup + 1 Tablespoon

1 Cup

3/4 Cup

 

Nutritional Information

Nutritional Facts: Olive Oil

Nutritional Information: Olive Oil

Nutritional Facts: Dark Balsamic & White Balsamic

Nutritional Information: Dark Balsamic _ Nutritional Facts: White Balsamic

Nutritional Facts: White Truffle Oil & Black Truffle Oil

Nutritional Facts: White Truffle _ Nutritional Facts: Black Truffle

Nutritional Facts: Walnut Oil & Japanese Sesame Oil

Nutritional Facts: Walnut _ Nutritional Facts: Japanese Sesame Oil

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