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5 Tips for Buying High Quality Olive Oil

Not all olive oils are created equal. It turns out that there’s a lot to know about selecting and buying the best one. To start, it’s a good idea to understand what the “extra-virgin” term often attached to olive oil actually stands for. Extra-virgin is a term unique to olive oil and signifies the oil was cold pressed from the first pressing of olives, which results in the purest, least acidic oil as well as the best-tasting oil. But that’s not the only thing to look for. Read the 5 tips below to learn more about how to pick a high quality olive oil. 1. Buy from small, family-owned farms Olive oil from large conglomerates is usually diluted. The most common type of fraud...

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2019 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

Kale top 'dirty dozen' list of tainted produce Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases its "Dirty Dozen," a list of the fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides. The list this year is is no less depressing than last year's, but it's important nonetheless. According to the EWG report: "Overall, the USDA found 225 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on popular fruits and vegetables Americans eat every day. Before testing, all produce was washed and peeled, just as people would prepare food for themselves, which shows that simple washing does not remove all pesticides." The EWG seemed most surprised by the toxins in kale. More than "92 percent of kale samples had two or more pesticide residues detected," and, according to the study,...

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5 Foods That Cause Inflammation

There's been a lot of talk in recent years about the health benefits of eating anti-inflammatory food such as blueberries, turmeric, salmon, and high phenol olive oil - just to name just a few. However, while some foods appear to be natural inflammation fighters, others seem to do the complete opposite. Food is medicine and fuel for the body. And just as using poor quality fuel can negatively impact your vehicle, your body is no different. So it’s important to be aware of which foods cause inflammation – some may seem obvious, while others you may find surprising.  Here’s what to avoid: 1. Sugar Sugar is one of the leading causes of inflammation and causes the release of inflammatory proteins known as cytokines. While these...

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Can olive oil kill cancer cells?

Extra virgin olive oil is considered by many scientists and nutritionists to be a superfood, but what exactly makes high phenol olive oil so healthful? Hippocrates referred to the medicinal qualities of olive oil made from early harvest olives. It’s the olive oil that has a peppery sensation on the back of the throat shortly after swallowing. A compound known as oleocanthal is the health compound found in high phenol olive oil, also responsible for the pleasant peppery aftertaste. Ironically, it is this type of olive oil with health-promoting phenolic compounds, particularly high in oleocanthal, that is sometimes pronounced defective by “experts.” Why is oleocanthal good for you? Oleocanthal helps reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is the underlying...

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Greek Olive Oil Producers Had Many Challenges in 2018

A majority of Greek farmers faced significant challenges during the 2018 harvest season. The adverse weather conditions and fruit flies affected the olive oil crops in Greece. According to Greek producers, there was a 35-45% reduction in olive oil produced compared to the last season. The harsh conditions led to lower production both in terms of quantity and quality. Despite the challenging conditions, small family-owned farms, like Olea True, who produce high phenol olive oil in smaller quantities were still able to yield high-quality high phenol olive oil. The 2018 Olea True Harvest represents one of the two highest phenolic content olive oils tested.  Twice per year, we test our oil by a third party to guarantee quality and purity as well...

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