Why You Should Buy Olive Oil
A regular consumption of fried and fatty foods has been increasingly
linked to life-threatening diseases such as coronary heart disease,
hypertension, diabetes and certain cancers. These contain high amounts
of saturated and trans fats that clog the arteries, slow down blood
circulation and cause inflammation in the body. Health professionals
therefore recommend that you eliminate these types of fat and to buy
olive oil to replace them.
Types of oil
When you look to buy olive oil in shops, you will find two kinds:
1. Extra virgin: the highest quality oil obtained immediately after
harvesting the olives.
2. Pure or light: the oil extracted with the help of chemicals and
enzymes resulting in a highly processed product. Some producers
mix these with a small amount of extra virgin oil.
Where extra virgin oil comes from
Olives are members of the fruit family that thrive in regions with
warm summers and wet winters such as those in Mediterranean countries
and southern Australia. These appear as round light green fruits which
slowly turn yellow green when they mature and eventually ripen to a
Only mature fruits are used for oil production which is usually
determined by a squeeze test. Using the fore finger and thumb, a fruit
is squeezed to see if a liquid is produced at the stem end. Some
producers let their fruits undergo a second test to ensure maturity by
cutting around the fruit and twisting it to see if the stone is
After picking and washing, olive oil is immediately extracted using
low temperatures under strict conditions to ensure that the oil
produced is clean and its antioxidants retained. This is what is known
as extra virgin olive oil. All other oils extracted using chemical
additives or mixed with a small percentage of extra virgin oil are
labeled as pure and are not considered as extra virgin.
Health benefits of extra virgin oil
Extra virgin oil contains high levels of polyphenols which are
antioxidants found in plants. Scientific studies on the possible
effects of tyrosol, a polyphenol found in virgin oil, suggest a link
between this antioxidant and a low incidence of coronary heart disease
and hypertension in people.
In recent years, further experiments also suggest that tyrosol has
anti inflammatory properties that help fight intestinal disease and
may even prevent certain cancers.
Experts further advise that you ask for extra virgin when you buy
olive oil to ensure getting all the antioxidants for your health.
Buy Olive Oil Online
If you are looking for healthy Extra Virgin olive oil we also offer our own Tuscan extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) which is 100% ‘made in italy’ at Tenuta Le Mandorlaie our home and organic farm estate located in the Maremma, Tuscany. Visit our online shop now and buy securely online.