What are polyphenols? Answers to some of your EVOO questions!

Every week I will update this blog in response to questions I frequently get about The Furies and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Feel free to email me with specific interests or questions.  I love hearing from you!

What are polyphenols?

Polyphenols are phytonutrients found in plant foods, especially in extra virgin olive oil.  Polyphenols are shown to have amazing health benefits.  The olive tree produces multiple polyphenols including flavonols, lignans, and glycosides. The abundance of polyphenols in EVOO promotes health and longevity.  They work to improve cholesterol balance, lower oxidative stress, and enhance the lining of blood vessels.  This helps to decrease a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure. Phytonutrients act as antioxidants in the body to lower inflammation, strengthen the immune system, improve metabolism, stave off dementia and balance blood sugar levels.  Olive polyphenols can also decrease angiogenesis, a process necessary for the spread of cancer cells. 

Remember, these power phytonutrients remain when you cook with EVOO and can even heighten the naturally occurring polyphenols in the vegetables that you cook, doubling up on their antioxidant power!  Also, quality matters.  Careful handling of the olives during harvest, same day milling, young olives, cold water extraction, and first press unfiltered contribute to the highest levels of polyphenols and best quality EVOO.    Reach for The Furies with confidence to empower your heath and awaken your food!

 

Further Reading:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6315336/

 

Why is The Furies unfiltered?

Because it is the healthiest and freshest EVOO!  Unfiltered EVOO preserves additional polyphenols in the small amounts of water that is not removed during milling.  Some of these nutrients get lost when oil is filtered.  Polyphenols and antioxidants are the key to EVOO’s tremendous health benefits.  Unfiltered EVOO is also produced during the early harvest when olives are smaller, greener, and most nutritious.  Finally, unfiltered EVOO is often the freshest on the market. Always check for both ‘harvest date’ and ‘best before date’ when purchasing EVOO.

Further reading:

http://www.lifesciencesite.com/lsj/life140517/04_31909lsj140517_17_26.pdf

https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/19/3/686

Can I cook with EVOO? Why should I use good EVOO to cook rather than regular olive oil?

Yes, you should most definitely cook with EVOO!  EVOO is one of the most stable and healthiest ways to cook food.  The myth surrounding the question of not using EVOO to cook has been solidly debunked with research.  EVOO’s smoke point of 410’ F is well within normal sautéing temperatures.  Cold extracted EVOO produces fewer carcinogens when heated when compared to refined oils.  Good quality EVOO has the highest levels of antioxidants that has been shown to contribute to its stability when heated.  Research has shown that nutritious polyphenols and antioxidants are not lost when heated thereby increasing the nutritional impact of your food. 

https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=641444165979266;res=IELNZC

https://www.aboutoliveoil.org/is-it-safe-to-cook-with-extra-virgin-olive-oil

Is The Furies EVOO Kosher?

Yes.  The Furies EVOO is harvested and milled in small batches.  It is never blended with any other EVOO.  Our mill has been ISO 22000 certified for International Food Safety Standards.  Olive oil is the sole product made onsite.  The Furies is entirely cold extracted using state of the art equipment.  It is Certified Organic. 

https://www.ok.org/kosherspirit/winter-2016/olive-oil/

https://www.iso.org/iso-22000-food-safety-management.html


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