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Olive Oil and the Keto Diet

The ketogenic diet has gained popularity over the last few years as a scientifically-sound way to lose weight. Its theories were first documented in about 400 BC when the Greeks taught that caloric restriction relieved the symptoms of epilepsy. In the early 1900s, when the only anticonvulsant drugs on the market were heavy-duty, mind-numbing sedatives, it regained popularity as a way to control seizures in epileptics, particularly children. In 1921, two different researchers (working separately) studied data about the ketogenic diet concept, and extrapolated how it might be used to help diabetics control their symptoms and weight. From there it...

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Olive Oil for Pain Relief

We’ve all heard of the Mediterranean diet and how it can help people world-wide live longer and healthier lives. And likely you know that in the Mediterranean diet, olive oil features prominently as the primary fat consumed. But have you ever wondered exactly how and why olive oil plays such an important part in living disease and pain free? Thanks to a bunch of curious scientists we know the answer to this question. It lies in an enzyme called oleocanthal that is found in good quality olive oil.   Inflammation in Today’s World Much of the pain and disease we...

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Olive Oil – The Heart Healthy Substitute

Let’s talk about fat. Let’s be honest, we here in America have a lot of fat to discuss, both on our bodies and in our diets. Today we want to talk about dietary fat and how it affects our health. What is fat? Why do some people tell you to be careful how much fat you consume while other people are telling you to make sure you eat enough of it? And with all the conflicting health reports out there, how does fat really affect your heart? Did we all eat carefully for the last few decades only to find...

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Fabulous Favolosa

Favolosa olives are a new varietal that have been bred specifically for their growth and nutrition properties. We have to admit, while there’s something intriguing about eating a cultivar that has been used as it is for thousands upon thousands of years, there’s also something nifty about getting to see science at work.   Why Breed a New Cultivar? With so many great olives already in the world, why make a new one? A couple of reasons… First and foremost, science is always doing something new. They breed grapes that will grow in Alaska, strawberries that taste like pineapples, and...

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Five Reasons to Love Coratina Olive Oil

It’s pretty easy to love good olive oil. It’s good for our hair, our nails, our skin, our blood pressure, our aging process, and our brain—not to mention our taste buds. The silky earthy bite of high quality EVOO is the stuff of dreams for many reasons. It’s no wonder it is referred to in many places as liquid gold! Throughout history, olives have been carefully cultivated to make higher-producing or more resilient strains. These strains are called cultivars—which is a hybrid of the words “cultigen” (a plant deliberately selected for cultivation) and “variety” (in this case, a type of...

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