Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

You’re probably aware of the health benefits of olive oil, but it turns out extra virgin olive oil is good for more than just heart health. Did you know olive oil is a good source of vitamin E and contains vitamins A and K, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium? It’s also a great source of amino acids! Thanks to all the vitamins and minerals, olive oil, is great for eye, skin, bone, and cell health as well boosting your immune system.  In addition, fresh extra virgin olive oil is a digestive, which is why Mediterraneans have a small incidence of gall stones.  Next time you have an upset stomach, try a teaspoon of fresh olive oil.    Fresh olive oil also reduces the potential for stroke by more than 40%.


NPR Article by Scott Hensley

Our extra virgin olive oil is perfect for dipping breads, cooking, sautéing, poaching, finishing a dish before serving, and baking.  

Olives are a fruit and when you crush them, you get juice.  Olive juice is rich not only in oil but also in potent antioxidants and several vitamins.  It is a heart-healthy fat, high in polyphenols. 

 

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Need another reason to choose olive oil? It's a more natural product than seed oils.  Seeds, such as sunflower, soybean, or grapeseed (the source of canola oil), go through much more refining to extract their oils. They are not merely crushed or pressed; typically they are processed with heat and sometimes chemicals to to remove their oil. Even "cold-pressed" seed oils use heat to extract the oil.  Seed oil is much more processed than Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


Proper Storing of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It is important to store your oil with care to ensure maximum freshness.  It does not need to be refrigerated.  However, light will causes it to oxidize more quickly than exposure to air.  Olive Oil should kept in a dark bottle (like we bottle in) and stored in a cool, dark place, like your cupboard or pantry away from light and heat to preserve the fresh olive oil flavor.

 

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