Olive oil has a number of health benefits. Below we’ve outlined the five key reasons olive oil is good for you, and should be a part of your daily diet.
- It’s Natural: Extra virgin olive oil is nothing but fruit juice extracted mechanically from olive fruit. There is no heat or chemicals used in the extraction process.
- Flavour: When it is fresh (and this is the only way to have it) olive oil tastes and smells like fresh grass, but can be a little bitter to some people. Our oil has a characteristic peppery after taste and it mellows over time. The intense flavour remains for appoximately 2 years.
- Nutritional Value: Olive oil contains vitamins E, K, and A as well as polyphenols, squalene, oleocanthol, triterpenes and hundreds more micronutrients that make olive oil a healthy choice.
- Oleic Acid: Oleic acid (otherwise known as omega 9) makes up between 55 and 85 percent of the fatty acids in olive oil. Don’t confuse this with the amount of free oleic acid, which is the main factor used to determine the grade of the olive oil. Oleic acid helps to keep our arteries supple.
- Heart Health and Cholesterol: Extra virgin olive oil is high in polyphenols (a powerful antioxidant) and mono-unsaturated fat, which contributes to lowering bad cholesterol.