Incredible Facts & Benefits of Olive Oil

  • An olive tree can live up to 600 years. One olive tree can produce around four liters of oil every year for hundreds of years.
  • Green olives are olives that are harvested before they ripen, black olives aren’t harvested until they are fully ripe. Both green and black olives are inedible until they are cured in salt, brine or water and the curing process is mostly responsible for the differences in flavor.
  • Extra virgin olive oil is unrefined, which means that it is made by cold pressing olives to extract the oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil made from Tuscan olives has the highest concentration of polyphenols. Polyphenols are chemical compounds naturally found in plants, which contribute to olive oil health benefits.
  • Extra virgin olive oil has large amounts of antioxidants with myriad health benefits, such as combating cell damage and fighting diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol and some cancers.
  • Studies show that, after high consumption of extra virgin olive oil, there was zero weight gain.
  • Extra virgin olive oil is great for your hair! You can apply it directly on your hair to fight damage caused by heat/styling/coloring.
  • Beneficial for your skin in more ways than one. Anti-aging benefits, moisturizing, and preventing skin irritation are just a few.
  • Studies have shown that olive oil reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
  • “A good wine lasts one dinner; a good oil lasts many meals,” said Michele Porcu of I Greppi di Silli. “Once you taste a high quality oil, you can’t go back to the other kind.

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