Why Olive Oil?
It is widely known that the Mediterranean Diet is one of the most healthful in the world. With an emphasis on eating of lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, cereals, legumes, and above all, olive oil, this diet has insured a longer life for the people of the Mediterranean basin than anywhere else in the world.
Did you know that:
- No other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, which lower LDL levels while raising HDL levels, thus protecting the heart?
- Olive oil contains significant levels of antioxidants, such as vitamins E, A, K, and polyphenols, which help, delay aging and prevent certain cancers, arteriosclerosis, and liver disorders?
- Olive oil has a beneficial effect on gastritis, ulcers, and gallstones?
- Olive oil aids digestion and helps the body to absorb calcium?
- Research has proved that only breast milk can be more easily digested than olive oil by the human body?
- Olive oil is simply the healthiest and most easily absorbed edible fat?
Research has shown that modern Greeks, despite a wanting health care system, have a longer life expectancy and amongst Europe’s lowest rates of heart disease and cancer.
A 30 year study on the Greek island of Crete confirmed that this is true due to the extensive consumption of olive oil there (30 litres per person annually). Overall, Greeks consume 23 litres per person of olive oil annually as compared to 12 litres for Italians and 0.7 litre for North Americans respectively.
Why Greek Olive Oil?
Ancient Greeks exported the olive tree along with their civilization when they visited or colonized the Mediterranean coasts and taught the peoples inhabiting Italy, France, Spain and North Africa how to benefit from the crop’s versatility. Its nutritional and healing powers contributed to the longevity of the Greeks and their culture.
Greek olive trees inhabit a land, not balanced and controlled by man, but by the forces of nature themselves. Greece’s hot summers, temperate winters, limited rainfall and rough landscape have created particular olive tree and crop varieties that have thrived in this territory for thousands of years.
Greek Olive oil has its own special flavors as a result of the particular varieties cultivated mostly in Greece and from the unique microclimate in which they grow.