Olive Oil 101

What is extra virgin olive oil?

EVOO is simply the pressing of olives with the end result of being pure oil. To be EVOO the end product should contain no more than .8% acidity. Also in order to qualify as EVOO, it must pass an official chemical test in a laboratory and a sensory evaluation by a trained tasting panel. The olive oil must be found to be free from defects while exhibiting some fruitiness. Virgin olive oil (without the word extra) is produced through the same process and is not blended with other oils. It is simply made from slightly riper olives and has a round 2% acidity. EVOO has a longer shelf life.

Why use EVOO?

Temple University research shows EVOO protects against memory loss, preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Also olive oil reduces brain inflammation and activates the autophagy process, where by toxins are removed. Such debris and toxins are firm markers of Alzheimer’s disease. The FDA says eating two tablespoons of olive oil a day may reduce the risk of heart disease, due to its monounsaturated fat content. EVOO also contains polyphenols which act as antioxidants, reducing the oxidative stress throughout your body. A small amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are also present in EVOO which are essential for brain health. Vitamin E which is great for skin health is also found in EVOO.