You’re probably aware of the health benefits of olive oil, but it turns out extra virgin olive oil is good for more than just heart health. Did you know olive oil is a good source of vitamin E and contains vitamins A and K, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium? It’s also a great source of amino acids! Thanks to all the vitamins and minerals, olive oil, is great for eye, skin, bone, and cell health as well boosting your immune system. In addition, fresh extra virgin olive oil is a digestive, which is why Mediterraneans have a small incidence of gall stones. Next time your stomach feels upset, try a teaspoon of fresh olive oil. Fresh olive oil also reduces the potential for stroke by more than 40%.
npr article on Mediterranean diet by Scott Hensley
Our extra virgin olive oil is perfect for dipping, cooking, sautéing, poaching, finishing, and baking. It is a heart-healthy fat, high in polyphenols.
Olives are a fruit, and when you crush them, you get juice. This juice is rich not only in oil but also in potent antioxidants and several vitamins. Need another reason to choose olive oil? It's a more natural product than seed oils.
Seeds, such as sunflower, soybean, or grapeseed (the source of canola oil), go through much more processing to extract their oil. They are not merely crushed or pressed; typically they are processed with heat and sometimes chemicals to to remove their oil. Even "cold-pressed" seed oils use heat to extract the oil. Seed oil is much more processed than the simple olive.
Proper Storing of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
It is important to store your oil with care to ensure maximum freshness. Olive oil should always be stored in a dark container, in a cool, dark place away from light and heat. It does not need to be refrigerated, however, but light will cause it to oxidize more quickly than exposure to air. So a dark bottle, or cupboard is essential to preserve the fresh olive oil flavor.