Apart from supporting local industry and farmers, there are a number of evidence-based reasons why Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the best in the world. Check out the many health benefits and ways you can enjoy quality Aussie Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) in your diet.
Why Australian extra virgin olive oil is the best
Yes, it may be more expensive than international brands, but there’s a good reason why you should buy Australian EVOO. According to a recent international study, half of all imported extra virgin olive oils on our supermarket shelves are no longer fresh enough to be classified ‘extra virgin’.
Spain produces about 50% of the world’s olive oil. However only about 20% of it is high-quality EVOO. In contrast, about 90% of Australia’s annual olive oil production is EVOO.
Why is fresh best?
Fresh EVOO is the highest quality olive oil. The fresher the oil, the healthier and tastier it is. Fresh is healthier as it will have retained all its beneficial antioxidants.
Because freshness is so important, the Australian Olive Association is developing a new level of certification for its OliveCare® so that you can be assured that the EVOO you are buying is fresh. Stay tuned to find out more about this soon.
What are the health benefits of EVOO?
- It’s a fantastic source of antioxidants and healthy fats
- Can help to reduce your risk of heart disease
- May protect against stroke
- May help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes
- Can contribute to health and longevity
Is it okay to cook with EVOO?
Absolutely! Don’t reserve it for salad dressing only. According to the Olive Wellness Institute, studies show that cooking with extra virgin olive oil can increase the nutrient content of your food.
This is because the antioxidants in EVOO are so resistant to high heat that they don’t break down and instead end up being absorbed by the cooked food.
One study also showed that when broccoli was cooked with sunflower oil or refined olive oil, several beneficial compounds in the broccoli (such as vitamin C) were reduced. However, when cooked in EVOO, the levels of those beneficial compounds remained unchanged.
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