Drink To Your Health
- The major fat in extra virgin olive oil (evoo) is a mono-unsaturated fat or “good fat”. Some of the health benefits claims associated with Mono-unsaturated fats are; decreasing risk of breast cancer, reducing cholesterol levels, lowering risk of heart disease and stroke, enabling weight loss, lessening arthritis pain and reducing belly fat.
- Extra virgin olive oil has the highest Polyphenol or antioxidant concentration of all oils. In addition to their numerous health benefits, the polyphenols contribute to the pleasant bitterness of the oil. Anti-oxidants are known anti-cancer agents.
- EVOO contains Oleocanthal, a substance with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This is the compound that gives olive oil its peppery bite! It is hypothesized that long term consumption of small quantities of this compound via olive oil ingestion is partly responsible for the low incidence of heart disease associated with the Mediterranean diet.
- EVOO also contains Tocopherols, or fat soluble vitamins, such as Vitamin E which also contain antioxidants
- Lastly, to give Balsamic vinegar its due, it also contains antioxidants from the Trebbiano grapes, is mineral rich, low in sodium, very low in saturated fat and cholesterol free.