Let’s begin by saying that Olive Oil is considered “Extra Virgin” when it has been produced by pressing of the olive. Some call it “First Cold pressed”; others “First Pressed”; and another “Cold pressed”, all of these terms creates confusion when it comes to Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and in many cases they are used just for marketing purposes.
The term “First Cold Press” refers to the extraction from the fruit to create olive, which is the very first step. Then comes “First pressed” which means that the olives were crushed just one time, extracting the highest quality of Olive Oil and “cold pressed” means that during the pressing process the olives are at a stable temperature, not above 26ºC, to ensure maximum quality otherwise the quality of the oil drops due to the heat.
Olive oil which is created this way has more flavour, aroma and nutrition. Also, it retains it’s antioxidants. Therefore, it offers great health benefits!
Here are some of these benefits:
*EVOO is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats
15% to 20% of the oil is saturated fat, whereas 12% is polyunsaturated, such as Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acid. But the predominant fatty acid in EVOO is monounsaturated fat called Oleic Acid making up 80% of the total oil content.
*EVOO Is Loaded with Large Amounts of Antioxidants
It contains powerful antioxidants, which are compounds produced in our bodies and found in foods, as well as fair amount of Vitamin E and K.
*EVOO Stabilizes Blood Sugar
A regular intake of EVOO has been proven to help stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetics and non-diabetics alike.
*EVOO Keeps the Heart Young
EVOO can slow down the ageing of your heart. Spanish researchers have discovered that a diet rich in EVOO or other monounsaturated fats can improve the arterial function of elderly individuals.
*EVOO Has Strong Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Chronic inflammation is thought to be the leading driver of diseases. Including EVOO in our diets, we can reduce inflammation.
Let’s enjoy EVOO to the fullest!