Extra virgin olive oil, also known as EVOO, is one of the highest quality oils around. It is known for being rich in flavor and has been proven to be good for your health, which is why it is considered one of the must-have ingredients in your kitchen.
What makes EVOO better than other cooking oils?
Rich in flavor
A chemical or heat treatment has not been applied to “extra-virgin,” which means the oil has been cold-pressed. This results in more flavored and darker-colored oil.
People who cook with this oil can cut down on chronic inflammation, such as heart disease, cancer, and metabolic syndrome. Because oleic acid and antioxidants in olive oil can help fight inflammation.
Good for diet!
EVOO efficiently supports the goal of weight loss. Due to the nutritious properties of the fatty components of olive oil. Regular intake of extra virgin olive oil increases the feeling of fullness. They even go well with a Mediterranean diet!
Here are 5 proven health benefits of EVOO
Prevent heart diseases
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that people consume “two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil daily” to lower the risk of heart disease.
Good for brain health
Boosts your immunity
As the oil contains antioxidant polyphenols, which help to promote and strengthen your immune system, making your body more resistant to infections and inflammation.
Controls blood clotting
Maintains healthy bones
Regular consumption of EVOO keeps bones healthy. This includes a reduced risk of hip fractures and improved bone density.
Ways that EVOO can be sustainable
- Hand-picked, additive-free olives
- Company practices align with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Stored in a clear container made of glass, tin, or recyclable material.
- The farm supports permaculture and biodiversity.
What to look for in an eco-friendly EVOO?
- Organic farming certification e.g., EU Organic Farming
- Avoid non-biodegradable olive oil bottles!
- Verify the farms’ certificates.
- Traceability of the EVOO
The Azienda Agricola Maiorano is a late-19th-century farm. To conserve traditional Italian skills, the farm still uses 15th-century methods that promote sustainability and animal welfare. Moreover, the product aligns with SDG goals 3,12,13, and 15 with a certification from Organic Agriculture in the EU.
La Cova Fumada was founded in 2007 when Cécile and Eric discovered a beautiful olive grove in Catalonia, Spain. They decide to transform it into an organic farm to reconnect with Mother Nature. Today, the offer also includes special products from “selected organic farmers” from the same area to support the local economy.
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