The monounsaturated fats in extra virgin olive oil are actually good for you. There are so many ways to cook with it...
Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) May 15, 2013
On May 15, Bellucci Premium, a producer of extra virgin olive oil, comments on the benefits of cooking with extra virgin olive oil following an article that highlights the advantages of including it in a healthy diet plan.
According to an article by The Daily Meal, recent research regarding the benefits of the Mediterranean diet has led more people to look towards olives, a major piece of the diet.
The article states “According to Tom Mueller, author of Extra-Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, sales of olive oil over the past 15 years or so have doubled in North America, tripled in northern Europe (traditionally butter country), and increased by six times in some countries in Asia.”
There are a few reasons why olive oil has become so popular in the last few years, one of them being its overall taste and distinction. According to the article, personality and fruity aromas are often associated with the extra virgin classification. “Extra-virgin olive oil also often exhibit pepperiness and bitterness, two flavor characteristics that are a result of a class of antioxidant compounds known as polyphenols, which, according to Mueller, have also been shown to have natural anti-inflammatory properties similar to ibuprofen.”
The health benefits of extra virgin olive oil are another cause for its increase in popularity. Recent research has claimed that olive oil can help prevent heart disease and even Alzheimer’s disease. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats which are considered to be ‘heart healthy’.
“Swapping out saturated fats like butter for extra virgin olive oil can greatly improve an individual’s diet,” says Natalie Sexenian, Marketing Manager for Bellucci Premium. “The monounsaturated fats in extra virgin olive oil are actually good for you. There are so many ways to cook with it. For example, olive oil cakes are becoming popular in the baking industry because they contain no butter and can be eaten by those watching out for their cholesterol.”
Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, that offers a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. The third type of oil Bellucci offers is the world’s finest Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown only by Italian growers in many different regions of Italy.