The Mediterranean diet is a pattern of eating that lately has become a darling of medical researchers. It includes vegetables and grains, not so much meat and, of course, generous portions of olive oil.
Mary Flynn, an associate professor of medicine at Brown University, says the evidence that olive oil is good for your heart has never been more clear. "Olive oil is a very healthy food," she says. "I consider it more medicine than food."
But here's the catch: Unfortunately, it turns out that more than half of the extra-virgin olive oil imported into the U.S. has been shown to be substandard.
"The fact is, it's quite often just very low-grade oil that doesn't give you the taste of the health benefits that extra virgin should give you," Mueller says.
Read and listen to the full story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/09/30/226844915/to-get-the-benefits-of-olive-oil-fresh-may-be-best
"Olives aren’t new to the area," said Jack Bozzano, president of Quality Packing and Shipping and its sister company Bozzano Olive Ranch near Stockton. “They’ve been grown here for years primarily for the canning industry.” In fact, olive acreage in the Central Valley has increased, experts say, because of olive oil’s growing acceptance as a healthy food. “Olive oil is healthy with no trans fats. It contains antioxidants and there’s nothing wrong with it,” Bozzano said. He added that publicity about the healthful aspects of olive oil “created interest in consumers for gourmet oil” and that olives in general are good for consumers.
Bozzano’s company produces more than 1,500 gallons of olive oil per year via olives purchased from other growers, olives “very carefully selected” to meet the company’s quality standards.
Read the full article: http://cvbj.biz/2008/10/30/blueberries-olives-emerging-as-strong-central-valley-crops/
Under organic production, the use of conventional non-organic pesticide (including insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides) is prohibited.
However, contrary to popular belief, certain sprays and other materials that meet organic standards are allowed in the production of organic food. So it is best to "know your farmer and know your food" if possible. This is easier to do if you attend farmers markets. However, for supermarket consumers, food production is not easily observable, and product labeling, like "certified organic", is relied on.
Using organic olive oil can help improve the impact on the environment-an organic farm will not release pesticides harming the air, water and soil. Pesticides can be harmful to workers on the farm and children can consume pesticides through their diet.
The side effect of organic production is an increase in farm production cost, especially with the added labor it takes to maintain an organic orchard and protect against weed control.
The National Organic Program (NOP) is the federal regulatory framework governing organic food, http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/NOP. It was made law in October 2002, and it covers in detail all aspects of food production, processing, delivery and retail sale. Under the NOP, farmers and food processors who wish to use the word "organic" in reference to their businesses and products, must be certified organic. A USDA Organic seal identifies products with at least 95% organic ingredients.
There seems to be no end to the benefits provided by a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil. You've probably heard about recent studies connecting olive oil with a reduction in heart disease—its high density lipoproteins (HDLs) protect against low density lipoproteins (LDLs), also known as "bad cholesterol". Because of this you'll often hear fats with HDL referred to as "good cholesterol", because they carry LDLs from tissues and arteries to the liver where they can be eliminated, essentially cleansing the body of this harmful substance and lowering your cholesterol to boot.
With so many ways to help us stay healthy, it's a bonus true extra virgin olive oil is so delicious. Discover tips and tricks for cooking with olive oil and find some delicious recipes at our recipe section and on the the COOC website. This one small change—replacing your usual butter and oils with extra virgin olive oil—can make a big difference in your health.
Joe Bozzano on California Extra Virgin Olive Oil
"I received a couple bottles of different Bozzano blends for Father's Day last year and I'm hooked for life. It's my "show-off " ingredient. I put it on ice-cream and it blows people's minds!"
-Keith Reinbold, Fremont, CA
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