Olive Oil and Vinegar Health Benefits
DID YOU KNOW?!
- Nearly a decade ago, the Food and Drug Administration allowed a qualified health claim on food labels of olive oil in response to a petition filed by the North American Olive Oil Association. The stamp of approval in the form of the qualified health claim, and increased awareness of the benefits may explain the higher intake of olive oil by Americans in recent years.
- The claim states that daily consumption of about 2 tablespoons, or 23 grams of olive oil, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The decision to allow the claim was made after the FDA found sufficient evidence to conclude that monounsaturated fatty acids, naturally present in olive oil, may prevent heart disease.
- Experts agree that the average diet can be improved by consuming olive oil in place of other culinary oils, hard margarine, and spreads. There are three reasons. First, Olive oil is high in monounsaturated and low in polyunsaturated fatty acids; second, it contains a better balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids than most other oils; and third, it has no trans fatty acids.
- While we often hear and assume that a low-fat diet is better for you when it comes to heart disease, a closer look at the evidence suggests that a Mediterranean-style diet which has moderate fat levels mainly from olive oil, provides more protection for the heart.
- A new study that analyzed research from 1957 until now, found more evidence that a whole-diet, and particularly the Mediterranean diet, resulted in greater reduction of death due to heart disease and heart attacks than a low-fat diet.
- OLIVE OIL—A great source of healthy fat–full of monounsaturated fat which lowers LDL cholesterol and reduces your risk of developing heart disease
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Balsamic Vinegar Health Benefits
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- Balsamic vinegar contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols which fight cell damage and boost our immune system
- The antioxidant in balsamic have also the potential to protect against heart disease, cancer, and other inflammatory conditions
- Balsamic may help boost the activity of the digestive enzyme pepsin thus improving metabolism
- Balsamic may help control diabetes. Study suggests that by adding as little as five teaspoons of the vinegar with a meal can improve insulin sensitivity. Better insulin sensitivity means better diabetes control and lowered risk of dangerous complications
- Balsamic may reduce cholesterol level
- Balsamic may reduce the frequency of headaches
- Balsamic contains important minerals that may strengthen the bones
- Balsamic may help prevent anemia and fatigue
- Balsamic may help suppress appetite and therefore an aid in controlling weight
- According to the Mayo Clinic, research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. In fact, an analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
- Olives are stone fruits, like cherries and plums. Real extra virgin olive oil is fresh-squeezed fruit juice – seasonal, perishable, and never better than the first few weeks it was made
- There are over 700 different kinds of olives, which make thousands of different kinds of oil. Asking “what’s the best olive oil?” is like asking “what’s the best wine?” The answer is, “depends on what you’re eating it with.”
Know the when, who, where of your oil: When it was made (harvest date), who made it (specific producer name).