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What Influences Olive Oil Grade?

At Old Town Olive, we know quality olive oil is more than just a processed fruit from a tree. Once the olive leaves the tree it goes on an incredible journey and the steps involved determines whether it is virgin, extra virgin, and so on. According to the United States Department of Agriculture the only acceptable grade of olive oil is Virgin Olive Oil. The Food and Drug Administration definition is, “Olive oil is the edible oil expressed from the sound, mature fruit of the olive tree." There are two ways to assess virgin olive. The first is chemical and...

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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer

At Old Town Olive, news of the health benefits of olive oil comes as no surprise. We’ve seen health fads come and go, but the health benefits of olive oil have been backed by many scientific studies over the years. One of the most recent studies by a group of researchers at the University of Navarra tied olive oil to a sizeable reduction in breast cancer. Specifically, women who participated in the study who added extra-virgin olive oil to their diet showed a 62 percent lower risk of breast cancer over approximately the next five years. This particular study was...

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Dark Balsamic vs White Balsamic: Know The Difference

Balsamic Vinegar is an aromatic and thick syrup-like aged vinegar. The best balsamic vinegar is made in Italy from white and sugary Trebbiano grapes, which are left on the vine to ripen for as long as possible to develop their sugar. The juice is pressed out of the grapes and boiled down into a thick syrup which is then aged in barrels.   White Balsamic White Balsamic Vinegar has a sweet, subtle flavor and a clean color. This vinegar is mainly used in marinades, in salad dressings and light colored sauces.  White balsamic is aged up to 12 years, in new wood barrels which have...

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The Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Here at Old Town Olive one of our goals is to promote the health benefits of olive oil. When you learn about all the ways olive oil promotes good health, you'll be eager to use it to enhance salads, pasta, fish and just about anything else. Anti-Inflammatory BenefitsThe anti-inflammatory strength of olive oil rests on its polyphenols. These anti-inflammatory compounds include at least nine different categories of polyphenols and more than two dozen well-researched anti-inflammatory nutrients. Research has documented a wide variety of anti-inflammatory mechanisms used by olive oil polyphenols to lower our risk of inflammatory problems.  In heart patients, olive oil and...

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The Agromafia

Watch this fascinating exposé by 60 Minutes on the sale of fraudulent olive oil. Shockingly, they estimate that close to 80% of all Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) sold in the US is in fact inferior seed oil with food coloring.  View More: 60 Minutes News|Live News|More News Videos   The way to make sure you are in fact buying authentic and fresh EVOO is to look for the Ultra Premium (UP) seal. All of the EVOO sold at Old Town Olive is certified to be Ultra Premium. To learn more about the UP standard of quality read our blog post....

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