Quality of Life & Health
Fine olive oils, just like fine wines, possess strong and distinctive characteristics unlike mass produced tasteless and odorless olive oils which often go through chemical processes and refinement. For example a fine quality olive oil usually creates a burning sensation in the throat which is due to the presence of Oleocanthal, a potent anti-inflammatory substance. Details on Oleocanthal as well as Oleacein, the most powerful antioxidant of olive oil, have been published in the scientific “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf3032765).
In general, a growing number of scientific studies show that the consumption of olive oil in combination with a balanced Mediterranean based diet contributes to good health and has a positive effect in preventing diseases caused by unhealthy modern lifestyles. It is noteworthy that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2004 has allowed the inclusion of health claims on the protection offered by monounsaturated fatty acids of olive oil against the risk of cardiovascular disease.