Bellucci Premium Toscano Comments on Little-Known Facts About Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Bellucci Premium Toscano issues a response to an article published on CNN that lists five facts about extra virgin olive oil in the United States.

On March 6, leading Italian olive oil producer Bellucci Premium Toscano reacts to an article published in CNN listing some little-known facts about extra virgin olive oil.

Olive oil, high in monounsaturated fat, can help lower cholesterol and manage the body's insulin levels, according to the CNN article. Extra virgin olive oil recently gained more attention in The New York Times when it was used in a recent study that found a Mediterranean diet leads to a decreased risk of heart disease and heart-related problems. Daily olive oil consumption can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, studies have found.

In the CNN article, Jacque Wilson lists “five things you may not know” about olive oil: it’s full of polyphenols (an antioxidant that prevents cell damage); extra-virgin olive oil may not be “extra-virgin” in the U.S. because of lax labeling requirements; olive oil must be kept in a “room-temperature cupboard or a refrigerator” to avoid oxidation and spoilage; the U.S. is the third-largest olive oil consumer worldwide; and it’s available in other, non-edible forms, including “skin moisturizers.”

In response to the information, Natalie Sexenian, marketing manager for Bellucci Premium Toscano, says, “Extra virgin olive oil is a versatile product that has proven health benefits – and we’re pleased with any attention that the scientific evidence gets in the media.”

Sexenian continues, “When purchasing olive oil for your home or your restaurant in the U.S., be sure to do your research and look into the company's reputation. Although European olive oil has to conform to strict labeling standards – which are getting stricter all the time – the U.S. market is more vulnerable to the circulation of tainted, inferior oils.”

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.


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