The Wonder-Factor in High Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oils
The three most common questions about the superfood, extra virgin olive oil, are:
What are polyphenols?
What is the polyphenol level of your olive oils?
How much should I consume each day?
Polyphenols are a class of antioxidant studied in olive oil. Hydroxytyrosol and oleocanthal are among the polyphenols studied.
Olive oil has been investigated for its benefits in preventing oxidative damage, increasing of HDL cholesterol, reducing of triglycerides, controlling and preventing diabetes, and for weight management.
We are excited to share this paper with you.
Health Effects of Phenolic Compounds Found in Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, By-Products, and Leaf of Olea europaea L.Published 1 August 2019 in the journal Nutrients https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6724211/
Within this article extra virgin olive oils were classified as:
Low-phenol (2.7 mg/kg)
Medium-phenol (164 mg/kg)
High-phenol (666 mg/kg)
During the study, three week prescription was for 25 mL per day. That’s 5 teaspoons, or a bit less than 2 Tablespoons.
Notes from the conclusion:
“EVOO is a functional food with legal health claims, certified as cardioprotective. These characteristics are related to the content of minor polar compounds, in particular to HT [hydroxytyrosol] and its various derivatives. Therefore, among all dietary plans, a MD [Mediterranean Diet] based on the daily consumption of EVOO as a source of fat, is an ideal dietary model for its beneficial cardioprotective effects, longevity, and prevention of NCDs [chronic non-communicable disease]… Biological and biomedical activities of many secondary metabolites from Olea europaea L. have been scientifically demonstrated. Studies on the innovative use of standardized fractions in HT content as precursors for the synthesis of new biologically active molecules with rich bioavailability have already been processed. For this reason, the olive tree is an unmatched sustained resource for unique bioactive compounds with diverse health benefits.” (emphasis added by us)
As of 24 January 2020, these are our “top” polyphenol olive oils, and all fit the category of high polyphenols:
We are featuring our eight high-polyphenol Italian extra virgin olive oils, with ranging from 625 – 1068 mg/kg.
Intensity is the key word here. Starting with the highest level of polyphenols, these oils are intense, bitter, and peppery. The intensity of all characteristics becomes gradually milder down the list.
Le Tre Colonne Olisir, 1000+ (1068 mg/kg)
Case d’Alto Coevo Ravece Organic (936 mg/kg)
Case d’Alto Coevo Leccio del Corno Organic (851 mg/kg)
Fonte di Foiano Grand Cru (831 mg/kg)
Fonte di Foiano 1979 (692 mg/kg)
Fonte di Foiano IGP Toscano (688 mg/kg)
Fonte di Foiano 40th Anniversary (652 mg/kg)
Fattoria Ramerino Cultivar Frantoio (625 mg/kg)