What is Olive Oil?
Olive Oil as most of us know is produced when many Olives are crushed down together. The oil is in fact the fat that comes out of the Olives. It is also known as the fat that comes from the fruit of the Olea Europaea.
Olive Oil Research…
Many studies and endless research have been carried out and are still being carried out to learn more about the benefits of Olive Oil in our diet.
Today, it is recognized by most as a healthy food that is necessary in a good, healthy, balanced nutritional diet.
Studies have found that regular consumption of Olive Oil can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Many other studies have been carried out and have found evidence that Olive Oil can also be beneficial for other health risks and disease, including, Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes and more…
Information that has been gathered has found that the life expectancy is significantly higher in countries where Olive Oil is consumed regularly as part of their daily diet.
Olive Oil and Israel…
In Israel you will often hear the older generation saying “Drink 2tbsp. of Olive Oil a day to keep the doctor away!”
Almost like the good old saying “an apple a day keeps the Doctor away”.
Whether it is true or not I can’t say, but one thing for sure is that the information there is available today about the benefits of Olive Oil conveys one message, if you do want to be healthy…Olive Oil is a must!
Olive Oil Top Tip
Fresh cut salad can be made even more nutritionally valuable when flavoring with a squeeze of lemon juice, a little salt and pepper and a generous amount of Olive Oil. Tasty and healthy!!!
What type of Olive Oil is the best?
There are many types of Olive Oil: Virgin, Extra Virgin, Refined and so many more.
The actual name of the Olive Oil reflects the quality of the Oil!
Extra Virgin Olive oil is the highest quality of Olive Oil available!
Facts about Extra Virgin Olive Oil…
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the highest quality or grade available.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil has no more than 0.8 grams acidity per 100gram.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil must pass several chemical laboratory tests and sensory evaluations before it is recognized as Extra Virgin Olive oil.
Cold Pressed Olive Oil is not heated over a certain temperature (usually around 80 Degrees Fahrenheit) therefore, the oil does not lose any of the nutrients that can be lost when heated.
Quality Control of Olive Oil in Israel
Today in Israel there are strict regulations with regards to the standard of Olive Oil. The Israeli Council for Olive Oil have a special Quality Seal which is awarded only to Olive Oils that have passed the quality and production tests and evaluations.
In Israel, how do I know if it’s a good, healthy Olive Oil?
In Israel, we know that the Olive Oil is of the best quality when we see the Quality Seal.
Here is an example of one of the Quality Seals that can be found on quality Olive Oil in Israel…
*This Olive Oil is produced at Kibbutz Ginosar, Israel.
A land of Wheat and Barley, of Vines, and Fig trees, and Pomegranates, a land of Olive trees and Honey.