Extra virgin olive oil or Mr. EVOO, as the Anglo-Saxons like to call him.
Italy is the largest producer and exporter of extra virgin olive oil in the world, followed only by Spain.
Italians love extra virgin olive oil, which we use in every dish, in fact Italians consume the 40% of the world production.
Often people talk about olive oil in a generic way confusing extra virgin olve oil with virgin olive oil , or olive oil with pomace oil.
Although derived from the same fruit, these oils are really very different from each other for value, acidity, taste and healty qualities, and … price!
But other than its high gastronomic pleasure, what properties does extra virgin olive oil have?
Other than the quantity of fats which is around 20-25, It contains 50% water, sugars, a little fiber and about 2% of non-saponifiable substances.
The extra virgin olive oil is an indispensable concentrate of energy, is the alimentary fat more easily assimilated by the human body, helps digestion, liver function, bile flow, and intestinal function.
It has an important function on the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and the regulation of cholesterol, a preventive effect against atherosclerosis, osteoporosis and diabetes … and much more!
Extra virgin olive oil is rich in vitamins including vitamin E and beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A, as well as many other antioxidant components.
It is no coincidence that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), considers extra virgin olive oil as a medicine.
Not everyone knows that the daily intake of extra virgin olive oil is useful in reducing the risk of breast cancer thanks to its great anti-inflammatory and nutrigenomics properties.
In 2016 it was demonstrated by a group of researchers at the University of Bari that the single intake by healthy subjects, in the morning and fasting, of 50 milliliters of extra virgin olive oil, promotes the expression of microRNAs with anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor action, while inhibiting the expression of microRNAs that promote the onset of insulin resistance.
The beneficial effects of regular consumption of extra virgin olive oil on the immune system have also been highlighted in various scientific studies done in Italy, Spain and the United States.
Our most important defense is our immune system, so maybe it’s time to give up the idea of eating a lot of olive oil.
Say goodbye to the butter block in your fridge!