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Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Extra Virgin Olive Oil Health Benefits Heart With aging our hearts begin to naturally deteriorate. The consumption of monounsaturated fats, such as extra virgin olive oil can improve the function of the arteries. (Spanish Study)  Blood Pressure Extra virgin olive oil has been shown to help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. According to one study, four tablespoons of olive oil a day reduced the need for blood pressure medication entirely.  Obesity Extra virgin olive oil is an example of a nutrient dense fat that helps you feel more satiated.  Diabetes Symptoms of diabetes...

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        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...

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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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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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Research suggests that "Cutting down on red meat and upping olive oil might keep you strong in the winter of life"

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