Health Facts

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Health Facts

Olive Oil Health Facts

Olive Oil Health Facts: Each of our products is comprehensively tested for important health and nutrition factors such as FFA’s (free fatty acids), peroxide, Polyphenol, and Oleic Acid levels.

FFA and peroxide levels are indicators of freshness and quality. The International Olive Oil Council creates standards for these levels. As an olive oil begins to age or decompose, the level of these compounds will rise, so it is desirable to use oil containing the lowest value of these compounds. Our fresh extra virgin olive oils contain nearly 25% fewer FFA’s than the international standard. Additionally, the average peroxide value is less than a third of the international standard.

Polyphenol and Oleic Acid are naturally occurring compounds found in all extra virgin olive oil. Both have been proven very powerful antioxidants. The higher the value of these compounds, the more beneficial the oil will be, health wise. Polyphenol intake is associated with lower incidence of cancer and coronary heart disease. Polyphenols are known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticoagulant actions. There is also conclusive evidence that Oleic Acid can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

Potential Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Consumption

  • Protective against heart disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help prevent formation of blood clots
  • Increase HDL “good” cholesterol
  • Improve LDL: HDL ratio
  • Reduce breast cancer risk
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Help prevent bone loss
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce colon cancer risk

Balsamic Vinegar Health Facts

Balsamic Vinegar Health Facts

Our balsamic vinegars are made in Modena, Italy aged in the traditional style from high-quality grape must. Balsamic vinegar contains polyphenols. It is rich in minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese. Balsamic vinegar is low in sodium, very low in saturated fat and has no cholesterol.

In Emilia-Romagna, tradizionale vinegar is most often served in drops on top of chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano and mortadella as an antipasto. It is also used sparingly to enhance steaks, eggs, or grilled fish, as well as on fresh fruit such as strawberries and pears and on plain crema (custard) gelato. Tradizionale vinegar may be sipped from a tiny glass to conclude a meal. Contemporary chefs use both Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI in simple dishes where the balsamic vinegar’s complex tastes are highlighted, using it to enhance dishes like scallops or shrimp, or on simple pastas and risottos.

Potential Health Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar Consumption

  • Protective against heart disease
  • Reduce cancer risks
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Boost digestive enzyme, pepsin
  • Reduce cholesterol level
  • Improve metabolism
  • Help prevent anemia & fatigue