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Article: Lessons on Olive Oil

Quinn on Nutrition: Lessons on olive oil By BARBARA QUINN THE MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD | OCT 04, 2019 Italians call it "olio d'oliva" oil of the olive. And their rich use of olive oil may be one of the secrets to the renowned health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. One stop on our recent trip to Italy was at the Santa Tea Olive Mill in Reggello, a small community in Tuscany that produces 700 different types of olive trees. What makes a good olive oil? Our Swiss-born guide, Belle, said it starts with the soil (sandy) and higher altitude (fewer...

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Olive Oils and the Mediterranean Diet: The Secret of a Healthy Diet

Olive Oils from Spain 28 Mar, 2019 MADRID, March 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The prestigious economic environment Bloomberg has recently published its report "Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index" that names Spain as the healthiest country in the World, out of a total of 169 countries evaluated. A rigorous study based on statistics from the World Health Organization and the World Bank. Bloomberg recalls that researchers stress, that eating habits can provide fundamental clues about the good levels of health enjoyed by Spain, which is committed to the Mediterranean Diet, with olive oils as the main source of fat. Spain is the...

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Recommendation for Men with Prostrate Cancer

A new pilot study recommends adding extra virgin olive oil to the diets of men with prostate cancer. The study found that adding extra virgin olive oil to the plant-based diet recommended by the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), produced similar weight loss results as well as helped to increase the absorption of compounds with anticancer properties. Effective dietary advice for decreasing prostate cancer risk and progression should include healthy fat.- Mary Flynn, Brown University Miriam HospitalFor men who have low-risk prostate cancer, the PCF recommends weight loss as a way of reducing the risk of cancer recurrence and metastasis. “Being...

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What exactly is an olive?

It Turns Out Olives Are Actually Fruits and Not Vegetables This piece of trivia is bound to wow all your co-workers at happy hour. Whether you primarily eat them with martinis or sprinkle them on your pizza, olives make just about everything taste better. But while you might consider that tapenade a savory treat, the flavorful Mediterranean delicacies have another hidden side: They're technically fruits. Just (carefully) pop any unpitted olive into your mouth for proof. The stones inside act as the seeds for the Olea europaea tree. In any botanist's book that means they're technically classified as fruits —...

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EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: THE CORE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

Excerpts from an article by Cynthia Harriman, Director of Food and Nutrition Strategies Research from Spain backs up what your taste buds have known all along: sautéing vegetables in a little olive oil is preferable to boiling them. Scientists who cooked a variety of vegetables by different methods and then measured the vegetables’ antioxidants and phenols (health-promoting compounds) found that “the presence of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) in cooking increased the phenolics…in the raw foods.” Interestingly, adding olive oil to the water when boiling didn’t offer the same benefits as frying or sautéing in EVOO. EVOO plays a key...

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