Healthy Olive Oil
As a pure natural product, olive oil has many natural ingredients. The positive health effects of olive oil are undisputed. Compared to other fats, olive oil and sunflower oil are healthy because they contain little saturated fat, no trans-fatty acids and no cholesterol. There are reasons for the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and its effects on cardiovascular disease.
Like all vegetable oils, olive oil consists mainly of fatty acids (triglycerides) bound to glycerol. Olive oil contains 55-83% Oleic acid, 7-20% Palmitic acid, 3-21% Linoleic acid, 0-5% Stearic acid and 0-4% Palmitoleic acid. The unsaponifiable fraction is between 0.5 and 1.3%; 0.15-0.37% for sterols, 0.1-0.7% for squalene and 0-10 ppm for chlorophyll. Furthermore, it contains small amounts of phospholipids, carotenoids, α-tocopherol and about 300 IU of vitamin A. Natural olive oil contains Oleocanthal and Oleoropein two antioxidants, which are attributed to a number of health benefits.
- A high content of monounsaturated fatty acids • Vitamin E
- Polyphenols which have a known anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effect which round off the oil as a sharp and bitter substance
- Alcohols and esters give the oil its individual distinction. Their composition varies according to origin, variety, maturity and vintage
- Chlorophyll: The dye in leaves and olives (depending on maturity) also gives the oil its golden yellow to greenish color
- Wax: Wax naturally occurs on the shell of the olives. It protects the olives from drying out and it is responsible for snowflake-like crystals when olive oil chills. However, it disappears when the oil heats up again.