Health studies are showing that olive oil helps to lower levels of bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attacks and some cancers. The Mediterranean diet, which includes plenty of olives, has long been known as one of the healthiest. Residents of Crete, for example, have the highest consumption of olive oil per person in the world but also the lowest rate of death from heart related diseases.
Olive oil is rich in mono-unsaturated fats and contains no cholesterol. Many nutritionists even the National Heart Foundation are now recommending olive oil as the healthy substitute for other fats in our diet. Did you know that olive oil is the only oil which is actually a fruit juice? In its purest form, like here at Taralinga Estate, the oil is simply ‘squeezed’ from the fruit, filtered and bottled … with zero contamination by any chemical processes or additives.
At Taralinga Estate, we press within hours of picking. We are the only olive grove on the Mornington Peninsula with its own Pieralisi Two Phase Press. The immediate pressing ensures the retention of as many of the anti-oxidants from the olives as possible. Whether picked on site or sourced from other nearby growers, the first pressing happens almost immediately after picking, so our olive oil contains the highest level of Polyphenol antioxidants as possible.
The good oil
Olive oil is rich in “better for you” monounsaturated fats and contains a wide variety of valuable antioxidants. Some of the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil include reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, lower levels of bad cholesterol and protection against various forms of cancer.
Olive oil is a healthier substitute for saturated fats such as butter or palm oil.
* Choice Oil survery 2010