Olive Oil Science

40 Years of the Mediterranean Diet: The World

40 Years of the Mediterranean Diet: The World’s Healthiest Eating Plan

After centuries of culinary tradition, the Mediterranean diet was formally defined in 1980. On its fortieth anniversary, experts reveal the health benefits that have allowed the diet to endure and look ahead to its future. In 1958, a physiologist from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health observed that incidents of coronary heart disease […] read more

A quick “Olive Oil” Food Chemistry lesson

A quick “Olive Oil” Food Chemistry lesson

OK this is the science bit – but a simple “Olive Oil Food chemistry” lesson is always important for all of us. Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality of olive oil. It is the juice of the olive fruit, produced solely by mechanical means, without having undergone any chemical or other treatment. It […] read more

Why we should cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Why we should cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Generally, Oils are made up predominantly of fats called triglycerides. These are made up of three (hence the ‘tri’) fatty acids attached to a compound called glycerol. Oils also contain a very small number of free fatty acids – in other words fatty acids that are not attached to glycerol and are ‘floating’ on their […] read more

Use only Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Frying

Use only Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Frying

For decades, the word in the kitchen has been that olive oil shouldn’t be used for frying as it has a low smoke point and produces toxic compounds. But in a recent scientific trial, researchers found that extra virgin olive oil is better for frying food than other vegetable oils. Home cooks generally opt for […] read more

Extra Virgin Olive Oil beneficial for Low Birthweight Infants

Extra Virgin Olive Oil beneficial for Low Birthweight Infants

Very low birth weight (VLBW) infants are considered those neonates born less than 1.5 kg. Although only one percent of newly born infants are born at such low birth rates, this group claims 50 percent of all infant deaths. VLBW infants frequently have a range of issues due to immature function of various organs. Numerous cases […] read more

Olive Oil is Essensial for Babies

Olive Oil is Essensial for Babies

Doctors recommend using olive oil in solids for babies that are being weaned off breast milk, due to the many common health benefits. They certainly don’t look alike or taste alike for that matter, but olive oil and breast milk are surprisingly similar. Extra virgin olive oil contains omega 3 and omega 6 in similar portions to […] read more

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Reduces the Risk of Breast Cancer

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Reduces the Risk of Breast Cancer

The Mediterranean diet with extra virgin olive oil is beneficial in lowering risk of breast cancer, according to findings of a new study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine. The results, based on the long-term follow-up of 4,282 women, aged 60 to 80 years enrolled in the PREDIMED trail, add to the benefits of consuming extra […] read more

Does Extra Virgin Olive Oil Lose Its Virginity?

Does Extra Virgin Olive Oil Lose Its Virginity?

Unlike wine, olive oil does not improve with time. And while many might wonder how long an extra virgin olive oil will stay extra virgin, there are too many moving parts for a simple answer. How long does an extra virgin olive oil stay that way? This question is first asked by olive oil producers […] read more

The pivotal role of Olive Oil in reducing Oxidative Stress

The pivotal role of Olive Oil in reducing Oxidative Stress

Extra virgin olive oil is a readily available antioxidant food source that helps reduce the effects of oxidative stress and therefore reduces the risk and progression of many diseases. Environmental, physical and mental stressors cause the production of reactive oxygen species, also known as free radicals. The production of free radicals leads to the human […] read more