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Top Five Benefits Of Including Extra Virgin Olive Oil Into Your Diet

More and more people are electing to incorporate olive oil into their diets. Though it may be more expensive than most oils, its health benefits are too enticing and proven to just opt for a more affordable oil. 1. EVOO contains good fat, the monounsaturated fatty acids, which is believed to help with the prevention of, and is ideal for people who are suffering from, cardiovascular diseases. Its active compounds can help lower blood pressure and prevent atherosclerosis. People in regions, like the Mediterranean, who regularly consume EVOO have lower mortality for cardiovascular diseases. A 2013 study concluded that supplementing diets with EVOO substantially reduced the risk of major cardiovascular events and is beneficial in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. 2. Regular...

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Different Types of Olive Oil

Did you know that Hong Kong imports on average over 4800 tons/5.2m litres of olive oil per year? Do you know what the difference is between Virgin and Extra Virgin Olive Oil? Do you know if Pure Olive oil is better than Virgin? It’s clear that not all Olive Oil is created equal, but it’s sometimes not clear exactly what the distinctions are. In this blog post, we’re going to explain the different types of olive oil, sharing the grades of oil, and the qualities oil has to possess in order to meet each grade. The International Olive Council Standard   To give you a little background, most countries use the International Olive Council (IOC) standards. The IOC has a United Nations charter...

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Why You Should Cook with Olive Oil

Our supermarket shelves are full of different types of oil for daily cooking. With the endless options and brands, choosing an oil to cook with becomes overwhelming and confusing. There’s the inexpensive peanut oil, which is great for deep frying and high-temperature cooking. But next time you’re cooking for friends, remember that an estimated 0.6 – 1.0% of the population is allergic to peanuts, with allergic reactions that can be life threatening. Likewise, canola oil is a common household and restaurant oil, however, in 1995, agricultural giant Monsanto developed Roundup-Ready canola (Brassica napus) plants that were bio-engineered to tolerate to glyphosate, the active ingredient in its weedkiller (1), so it’s not one of our preferred oils. Despite the seemingly endless...

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Health Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

If you love Mediterranean food, you’ll be very happy to hear that there are several Health Benefits that come along with a Mediterranean Diet! A Mediterranean diet is full of whole grains, healthy fats and whole foods, and has been credited with some of the best health-giving properties in the world. Longevity, healthy levels of cholesterol, low occurrence of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers have all been attributed to the Mediterranean diet.  But on a diet that includes so many rich fats, how can this be? It’s time to forget everything you thought you knew about fats being the enemy of a healthy lifestyle and time to start thinking about the kinds of fats you’re eating. Instead of painting fat as...

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