Health and Nutrition

How Healthy Is Olive Oil?

Olive oil allows one to combine culinary pleasure with one of the world’s truly great natural health products. Perfect! For thousands of years olive oil has been celebrated for its health giving properties:

  1. Lowers the risk of heart disease – olive oil has long been the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet resulting in lower levels of heart disease in those countries
  2. Has a high ratio of Mono-unsaturated Fat, the fat that helps protect the body from high cholesterol levels and reduces the build up of fatty deposits in the arteries
  3. Its high in valuable anti-oxidants including vitamin E - well recognized in slowing down the aging process
  4. It contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 - two essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that the body cannot produce by itself. These are important in maintaining vision, blood pressure and immunity as well as helping mental functions
  5. Like many other fresh, natural foods, it has been linked to reducing the risk of cancer
  6. Finally, it’s cholesterol-free and tastes so good!

Olive Oil - A Versatile Food

  1. It is 100% pure and natural
  2. It makes food more appetising because it complements and releases the flavours of the foods it is served with
  3. Use for salads and cold dishes, pastas, frying, drizzle over hot dishes or simply as an excellent dip for hot, fresh-baked bread
  4. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans as it is produced from a fruit

So What Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

This is the top of the range of olive oils and captures the very essence of the fruit. To make this grade the oil must have a free acidity level of no more than 0.8% and the olives are pressed as soon as possible after picking without using excessive heat or chemicals. This ensures the aroma, flavour and health benefits are fully retained from the fruit.

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