Why is EVOO so damn good for your body and soul?

  • People with diets including daily consumption extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) have lower rates of most chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancers, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Two tablespoons of EVOO a day has been shown to decrease blood levels of glucose and insulin (3)
  • Two to 3 tablespoons of EVOO a day has been shown to lower blood pressure
  • Found in some EVOO, polyphenols are a natural anti-inflammatory agent
  • Patients who used EVOO as part of a weight loss program lost more weight than when they went on a low-fat diet

Source: medfooddiet.com

Olives versus Grapes
Italian versus California

(*This message is brought to you by small olive oil producers.)

Brace yourself for this stat: it takes 1300-2000 olives for every 250ml of olive oil.  Crazy.  In comparison, it takes about 400 grapes for a bottle of wine.  A bottle of wine is good for a meal or two.  A bottle of olive oil can last weeks or months depending on how often you use it.  You can spend major bucks on a bottle of wine grown by a small producer.  Olive oil doesn’t get the same respect…yet.

And to make matters worse, much of the Italian EVOO that is imported into the US isn’t from Italy (some comes from Turkey, Greece, Spain), and it isn’t pure olive oil (they mix it with cheap seed oil) and it isn’t time stamped so it might be sitting in warehouses for years.  A recent study sponsored by the University of California Davis Olive Center revealed that out of the 200 supermarkets surveyed, nearly two-thirds of the olive oils were falsely labeled as “extra virgin grade”, and one-third were not 100 percent olive oil, they were cut with other types of oils.

California produces 99 percent of the extra virgin olive oil in the country and San Luis Obispo County (including Paso Robles) produces 50 to 60 percent of the total.

If you want to read more about how my Italian people are messing with our heads, read Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.  It’s really good.

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