its wide array of options, the slimming products and meal plans market
certainly is a lucrative one, but it is easy to get lost in its
meanders. It is also no surprise that the mass of information widely
available can confuse people, especially as it is often conflicting. A
subject has however remained unchanged over the years, and that is the
benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
does this way of eating consist of? Lots of vegetables, fruit, pulses
and unrefined cereals, which provide a healthy dose of dietary fibres,
moderate amounts of dairy products, fish and wine, and low meat
consumption. And last but not least, olive oil as the main source of
very high level of monounsaturated fats present in this oil is thought
to be a factor in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, has
anti-inflammatory properties, and evidence that its antioxidants improve
cholesterol regulation is commonly cited.
way the olive oil is produced, in particular the stage of pressing,
however does have an impact in terms of health benefits. Studies have
tested the anti-inflammatory capacities of extra virgin olive oil from
the first pressing with virgin olive oils from later pressings. The
result was that first pressing oils were able to lower inflammatory
markers in the blood, when second or subsequent pressings were not.
it is also now recognized that the bitterer the olive oil tastes, the
more polyphenols it contains. Polyphenols protect cells and body
chemicals against the damage caused by free radicals, and can possibly
deactivate substances that play a role in the growth of cancers.
Additionally, they make the oil last longer.
of the bitterness factors comes from the type of olives used for the
oil production. If you go to Apulia, the region forming the high heel on
of Italy, you will encounter the Peranza variety. Its distinct
bitterness makes it an ideal candidate for a first pressed, extra virgin
version of this wonderful addition to the daily diet.