The health benefits of olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants and healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, while at the same time it is highly digestible for the stomach.
Its valuable ingredients give olive oil many health-promoting properties that no other oil can compete with, making it the healthiest choice.
The best quality olive oil - which automatically makes it rich in nutrients - is of course found in virgin olive oil from the first (extra virgin) or second (virgin) cold pressing.
The most important quality characteristic of the olive is its polyphenol content.
On the one hand, they significantly affect the taste of olive oil, on the other hand, they have high antioxidant activity and this makes them particularly valuable for our health. The higher the polyphenol content, the better the quality of the olive oil.
Polyphenols are the so-called secondary plant substances. The most important of these is oleuropein, which is a very good antioxidant and therefore fights free radicals, which are harmful to the body. Therefore, olive oil is also thought to play a role in cancer prevention.
It is known that stomach and colon cancer have a lower incidence in the Mediterranean region, where olive oil is used in everyday cooking. After the oleuropein fights free radicals, it also slows down aging, presenting a not inconsiderable anti-aging effect. It also protects the heart and blood vessels and has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
“If my cuisine were to be defined by just one taste, it would be that of subtle, aromatic, extra – virgin olive oil.” Alain Ducasse
In short, for those who take care of their health, olive oil, with its high polyphenol content, is essential.
Furthermore, the higher the content, the longer the olive oil retains its fresh aroma!
Polyphenols are heat resistant, so a high quality olive oil can be used in both cooking and frying.
And perhaps Greek olive oil is responsible for the fact that the oldest people in Europe live in Greece and more specifically on the small island of Ikaria, inhabited by just 8,500 people. A 100th birthday is not unusual, but diseases such as cancer and heart disease or dementia are.