The Mediterranean diet is now internationally recognized for its beneficial effects and is indicated as the example of a healthy diet. Extra virgin olive oil is therefore a real pillar of the Mediterranean diet.
The Mediterranean diet as such was theorized and scientifically proven in the 1950s by the American biologist and physiologist Ancel Keys. This, in a journey through post-war southern Italy, was surprised by the extreme longevity of the local population and the low incidence of diseases. He and his wife Margaret Keys dedicated their experience to demonstrating that this type of diet, later called Mediterranean, and the genuine lifestyle were the basis of a long life and one immune to cardiovascular disease. Even today, many studies confirm Keys’ theory and recognize the numerous beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet compared to existing ones. At the base of the diet, there is not only the principle of seasonality but, above all, the abundant consumption of foods of vegetable origin: fruit, vegetables, vegetables, legumes and extra virgin olive oil.
Its importance was definitively sanctioned when it was defined as intangible heritage of humanity. This recognition has confirmed the enormous value of a healthy lifestyle based on genuine products. Recently, the attention and demand for genuine products has increased. This is the case of extra virgin olive oil which is attracting the deserved attention as a product of high economic, nutritional and social value.
In fact, in cultures related to olive growing, oil takes on great social significance. The beginning of oil campaign brings excitement and hope of good production and traditionally the end of the campaign, which more or less coincides with the Christmas holidays, was synonymous with joy and harmony.
This is why EVO oil is not a simple food but plays an important social role in the tradition of southern Italy. The area of Matera is no different. This is, in fact, the cradle of olive production that is part of tradition. Not only our “Olio dei Sassi” does it want to give back a product with excellent nutritional qualities, but also a product which is the perfect combination of authenticity and harmony that it traditionally represents. Its production in the city of Matera, also a cultural heritage of humanity, is the last piece of a process that wants to put the search for quality as the main cornerstone.
The importance of extra virgin olive oil in the Mediterranean diet
Thanks to its delicacy and low quantity of polyunsaturated fats, extra virgin olive oil is a product that offers the perfect combination between lovely taste and healthy effects. Fat intake is essential for good nutrition but obviously it is essential to distinguish between good and bad fats. Extra virgin olive oil is the best vegetable fat because it provides vitamins A, D, E, K as well as ensuring the balance between good HDL cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol.
Moreover, extra virgin olive oil can be considered the true pillar of the Mediterranean diet because thanks to its content of oleic acid and polyphenols it helps prevent the onset of cardiovascular diseases and tumors.
Oleic acid prevents arterial lesions and reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke,
thrombosis, and coronary heart disease in general.
On the other hand, polyphenols are a real barrier against the risks of oxidation. In fact, not only preserve these the organoleptic qualities of the oil but protect the integrity of human cells, delaying their aging. Thus reducing the risk of the onset of other diseases linked to cellular degeneration, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The polyphenols give the oil that characteristic bitter and spicy taste, so if these two sensations are found in an oil, it means that the oil is rich in polyphenols.
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The secret of the Mediterranean diet: quality over quantity
In addition to providing extreme health benefits, the mediterranean diet also helps maintain body weight. Obviously to make the difference, it is the good quality of the products and not the quantity that is assumed. Unlike other diets that gain the upper hand from time to time, the Mediterranean diet proposes to eat generous meals that are based on genuine products of excellent quality. Quality over quantity.
The same is true for oil. In this case, to make the difference is the use of pure genuine and healthy extra virgin olive oil. As olive growers, the company “L’Olio dei Sassi” pays extreme attention to the genuineness of the product as well as to its healthiness. For this reason we carefully cultivate olive growing and olive pressing. In this way, we are able to offer an oil with a sweet taste that also acts as a natural drug for the prevention of various diseases.