Olive oil has been used as part of our diets for more than 5,000 years. The ancient Greeks as well as modern researchers have indicated that olive oil is beneficial to health and that we should definitely include it in our diet. But, not all olives oils are alike…
Extra virgin olive oil is pure, without additives. It is prized highly because of its fruity taste, the lowest acid content and the highest content of vitamins and nutrients. Use for salads and dipping.
Virgin olive oil also is produced without refining, tastes less mild than extra virgin olive oil has a low acid content. Use for salads and dipping, or cooking.
“Regular” or pure olive oil is a blend of virgin olive oil and refined olive oil. Meaning heat and chemicals have been used to extract the flavour. Refined olive oil has very little vitamin E content. Use for cooking only.
Lite Olive Oil has the same calorie count as all olive oils. They are called light because they contain light tasting oils.
Olive Oil Facts
- 10 pounds of olives are needed to produce 1 litre of oil.
- Olives and olive oil have been treasured for over 6,000 years.
- Olive trees are among the oldest known cultivated trees in the world, grown before the written language was invented.
- Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, which has excellent health benefits.
- Olive oil (Extra Virgin and Virgin) is so good for us because it’s high in monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, and antioxidants.
- Olive oil is known for lowering bad cholesterol and blood pressure, protecting against colon, breast and skin cancers and reducing the incidence of gallstones.
- 80% olive oil comes from Spain, Italy and Greece, 20% from France and California.