Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) January 03, 2014
Flavor Your Life, a European Union funded campaign dedicated to providing the latest in olive oil industry news, explains the detailed nutritional value of olive oil and why it is a rich source of hard to find nutrients.
Olive oil is the only fat that derives from pressed fruit. Reheated or raw, extra virgin olive oil is the most strongly advised fat to include in your diet, not only because of its fragrance and flavor, but also for the combination of its nutritional properties, in particular: its acidic composition containing mainly monounsaturated fatty acids and a perfect balance of polyunsaturated fats, its vitamin E, provitamin A and antioxidant content helps maintain our health.
Fatty acids are divided into saturated and unsaturated. Olive oil contains an extremely balanced amount of unsaturated fatty acids: 73% oleic acids; 9% linoleic acid and 0.3% linolenic acid.
Olive oil contains on average 15% saturated fats. Oleic acid is the fat which is most present in our bodies, compared to other mammals. While linoleic acid is present in the same amounts as in mother’s breast milk, which makes extra virgin olive oil very suitable for children.
There can also be polyunsaturated fatty acids in the oil, known as essential acids because humans cannot produce them and so they have to be introduced into the body through the diet.
Apart from its particular composition, we can’t leave out the presence of other biologically interesting elements, even if they are less
Flavor Your Life, a campaign supported by the European Union, Unaprol and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, is dedicated to providing the latest in industry news and health information about European extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil enhances the flavors of your recipes while providing health benefits. Flavor Your Life campaign, the voice of olive oil production quality control, aims to educate consumers so they can make informed decisions when purchasing olive oil.