4 Olive oil facts that may surprise you (and how to get the health benefits of this versatile oil)

4 Olive oil facts that may surprise you (and how to get the health benefits of this versatile oil)

Here are four fascinating olive oil facts I learned while touring an olive grove and processing plant in southern Spain.

Come join me as we walk through the "millennium" olive tree 1000 years and visit an olive farm in Andalusia, Spain's southernmost province, the source of 75% of Spanish olive oil.

Winter is the olive harvest in southern Spain. Rural buzzes with the sound of a handheld machine, featuring a giant claw that hooks into the branches of an olive tree and shakes the tree until most of the olives drop into the tarp on the ground below. The cold-pressed olive to EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) on the same day and sold worldwide.

Guess the answers of four surprising olive oil facts

1. This country produces the largest amount of olive oil

You probably guessed Italy or Greece, but Spain produces an impressive 45 percent of the olive oil in the world! Italy produces 25 percent, and Greece produces 20 percent. Thus, 90 percent of olive oil comes from an area known for its delicious and healthy Mediterranean diet.

2. These are the most important indicators of olive oil quality

We sampled three types of olive oil in a small glass colored blue during our olive oil tasting. We soon discovered that the smell and taste are the most important indicators of quality, not color.

We are commanded to a small sip of oil and take a deep breath, so the oil-coated back of our throat. We evaluate EVOO, olive oil, and olive oil.

I was surprised at how different the difference between samples. The EVOO smelled like olives and burning in the back of my throat like a strong pepper flavor. According to our host, this sensation is due to the high amount of polyphenols or antioxidants found in olive oil. The lowest quality of olive oil is odorless and tasteless to me. Since EVOO is so flavorful, one needs only a small amount for a delightful taste experience.

Even the olive oil to lose weight: "Light" or "Extra Light" olive oil received a description of them because of their mild flavor. They are not lower in calories or fat from other olive oils.

3. This is what gives EVOO its health benefits

Small, local, co-op olives us around using a temperature-controlled centrifuge to cold press olives 24 hours after harvest. Although little oil is extracted from the cold-press method, fewer lost nutrients, improve health benefits. As a result, EVOO polyphenols retained around 30. Antioxidants in EVOO contribute to the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

The highest in the olive polyphenols from older trees (yes, 1,000 years old!) And green olives. Interestingly, the same tree produces both green and black olives. Green olives are harvested early in the season, although it is easier to extract more oil from the ripe black olives.

Buy EVOO very important for the Spaniards that a good host intends had read to me from a bottle of one gallon them, emphasizing the words "extra virgin olive oil" as if I was a kindergarten child learn to read.

4. This is the best way to use olive oil in a Mediterranean diet

Maximizing the benefits of a Mediterranean diet by enjoying EVOO in moderation with meals where you can really feel the difference! If you are trying to lose weight, remember all the fat they contain nine calories per gram. More is not always better. Living and cooking in Spain this year, I use EVOO for a flavorful salad and dipping. However, I still use canola oil for baking because it is low in saturated fat, has a neutral flavor, and cheaper. I hope you enjoyed this quick tour of the processing of olive oil and olive oil valuable learning some facts for your everyday health. Aprovecha!

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