Flavor Your Life, a European Union Funded Campaign, Comments on the Nutritional Value of Olive Oil

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European Union funded campaign Flavor Your Life discusses the benefits of the fats found in olive oil.

On August 24, Flavor Your Life, a European Union funded campaign dedicated to educating individuals on olive oil industry news, shares the nutritional value of olive oils such as organic olive oil.

As the only fat that is derived from pressed fruit, olive oil has a tremendous nutritional value. Extra virgin olive oil is one of the few fatty acids that are greatly advised for all diets due to the health properties.

Whether olive oil is served raw or reheated, it is a great source of vitamins and nutrition. Olive Oil is packed with acidic composition, composition that consists of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats, in combination with olive oils vitamin E, pro-vitamin A and antioxidant content are what make olive oil so healthy.

The numbers behind fatty acids, in regards to olive oil, are simple. Fatty acids are divided into two categories, saturated and unsaturated fats. The balance of unsaturated fatty acids is very profound and strong at around 73% oleic acids and 9% linoleic acid. Along with these numbers, olive oil contains an average amount of 15% saturated fats.

These fatty acids each have a specific importance to them. Oleic acid is actually the most frequent fat in the human body, as compared to the amount in other mammals.

While oleic acid is present in the body, polyunsaturated fatty acids are not produced by the human body. Despite this fact, our body still needs this fat so it is important for it to be introduced to the body.

Carol Firenze, the author of The Passionate Olive, lends a comment on the health benefits of olive oil; “Extra virgin olive oil is a heart-healthy, monounsaturated fat. Laden with antioxidants called polyphenols, olive oil helps raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol.”

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.


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