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60 Minutes ‘Overtime’ – How to Buy Olive Oil

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Blog, Learn More, Links, Resources | 0 comments

Over the past few years, we’ve learned that olive oil is a frequent target for adulteration and the increasingly global food supply chain makes it easy for unscrupulous suppliers to sell vast quantities of fake extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).  As reported in the excellent 60 Minutes segment “The Agro-Mafia” the sale of fake EVOO is incredibly profitable and sadly very common. In fact, a significant majority of olive oil sold in North America and labelled as extra virgin, does not meet even the lax international standard for EVOO.  This 60 Minutes “Overtime” segment on How to Buy Olive Oil was aired as an addition to the 60 Minutes “Agro-Mafia” expose in January 2016.  Check out this fascinating report to learn more about how the mafia perpetrates this rampant fraud in Italian olive oil production and supply.  Then visit Olive Us Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room to learn more.  See and taste our selection of certified Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils, check out their chemistry, crush date and origin. Or order online anytime!  We’re passionate and proud to bring you fresh, exceptional extra virgin olive oils!...

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HEART UK Stands Firm Against Coconut Oil Health Claim

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Health Info & Benefits, Links, Resources | 0 comments

HEART UK advises people who want to lower their blood cholesterol to avoid using coconut oil in cooking and certainly not use it as a dietary supplement.  Here’s a copy of HEART UK’s Statement: HEART UK’s Statement on Coconut Oil HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity wishes to correct the misleading claims being made in the press (Sunday Times, Style 14 February; Guardian, 23 February) that are claiming coconut oil helps lower blood cholesterol and have even suggesting taking coconut oil as a dietary supplement.  Coconut oil, contains about 85% saturated fatty acids mainly as lauric and myristic acid which potently raise both total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein cholesterol more than other fatty acids (1,2,3,4).  Two tablespoons of coconut oil provides about 24g SFA about compared with maximum intake recommended of 20g and 30g for women and men respectively by NHS Choices. HEART UK supports official advice from government 5.6 and international agencies (7)  which have carefully reviewed the evidence from controlled trials and recommended that the saturated fatty acid intake should be restricted to no more than 10% of food energy. HEART UK advises people who want to lower their blood cholesterol to avoid using coconut oil in cooking and certainly not use it as a dietary supplement. Creamed and desiccated coconut contain around 60-70% coconut fat should also only be consumed occasionally or in small amounts as part of an overall healthy diet. Notes A heart healthy diet is one that is rich in vegetables, pulses, fruits, nuts and whole grains. Modest portions of lean meat, poultry, white and oily fish, soya foods, low fat dairy products and vegetable based spreads and oils play an important role in a heart healthy diet, being low in saturated fat and rich in a range of other essential nutrients.  Foods fortified with plant sterols and stanols, soluble fibres from oats, barley and pulses, nuts and soya foods all have the ability to help lower cholesterol if eaten in significant quantities and regularly.  See HEART UK’s Ultimate Cholesterol Lowering Plan (UCLP) for further dietary information about optimum cholesterol lowering. Key sources of saturated fat include – fatty meats and meat products, full fat dairy products, butter (ghee), and processed food such as ice-cream, cakes and biscuits which are made with fats rich in saturated fats such as lard, coconut and palm oils. Key sources of unsaturated fat which contain lower amounts of saturated fatty acids include – oily fish, vegetable oils (e.g. those labelled vegetable, olive, sunflower and rapeseed), avocado, nuts, spreads and salad oils based on vegetable oils. Saturated fats of carbon length C12-C16 – Lauric (C12) Myristic (C14) and Palmitic (C16) raise total cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol levels.  Lauric has the most potent effect followed by myristic and palmitic acid. Coconut oil is rich in both lauric and myristic acids. People wishing to find out more about...

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Study Shows 62% Lower Risk of Breast Cancer: Mediterranean Diet with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Study Shows 62% Lower Risk of Breast Cancer:  Mediterranean Diet with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog, Health Info & Benefits, Links, Resources | 0 comments

NBC News reported on a Spanish study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that followed almost 4300 women for almost 5 years.  Results of the study showed that women who ate a Mediterranean diet with a little extra virgin olive oil had a 62 percent lower risk of breast cancer over the next five years or so. These researchers at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, added to the growing body of research showing the health benefits of this approach.   Their conclusion: “WOMEN ALLOCATED TO THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET SUPPLEMENTED WITH EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL SHOWED A 62 PERCENT RELATIVELY LOWER RISK OF MALIGNANT BREAST CANCER THAN THOSE ALLOCATED TO THE CONTROL DIET.” Click on the link to see the article:...

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Advice from HEART UK…avoid coconut oil if you want to lower your blood cholesterol…

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in Blog, Health Info & Benefits, Links, Resources | 0 comments

In it’s statement, the Cholesterol Charity, HEART UK, “…advises people who want to lower their blood cholesterol to avoid using coconut oil in cooking and certainly not use it as a dietary supplement….”  Instead, they suggest that “…a heart healthy diet is one that is rich in vegetables, pulses, fruits, nuts and whole grains. Modest portions of lean meat, poultry, white and oily fish, soya foods, low fat dairy products and vegetable based spreads and oils play an important role in a heart healthy diet, being low in saturated fat and rich in a range of other essential nutrients.  Foods fortified with plant sterols and stanols, soluble fibres from oats, barley and pulses, nuts and soya foods all have the ability to help lower cholesterol if eaten in significant quantities and regularly….” Olive oil is a key source of unsaturated fat which contain lower amounts of saturated fatty acids. Enjoy them in good health!   http://heartuk.org.uk/latest-news/article/heart-uks-statement-on-coconut-oil  ...

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“Long-Term Olive Oil Consumption Lowers Risk of Diabetes”

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Health Info & Benefits, Learn More, Links, Resources | 0 comments

Results of a recently published study provide scientific evidence suggesting “…diets high in saturated fats increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, while replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats is associated with a lower risk.” The positive results of consuming extra virgin olive oil are summarized in an outline of the study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US as well as two Spanish universities. Click below for a summary:...

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