Organic Virgin Olive Oil
One of the most controversial things you can add to your diet is fat. There is seed oil, animal fats, nut oil and what have you. And always, the question is: is it good for you or not?
The kind of fat people don’t question about is olive oil. Virgin or extra-virgin, it’s one of the most used oils in the world—and one of the healthiest, too.
Available as: Oil
Good for: bones, protection of LDL particles from oxidative damage, blood coagulation
Nutrition: fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin K, omega-6
Directions for use: Use Organic Virgin Olive Oil on salads, raw or steam vegetables, side dishes, in dips and on any other finished recipe. Add 1-2 Tsp to any superfood smoothie or enjoy as is right off the spoon. Virgin Olive Oil also makes for incredible skin beauty treatment and serum, as an oil face wash, hair and scalp mask and massage oil.
What is it?
The olive in your martini, pizza and salad is the same olive where olive oil comes from. This has to be stated because sometimes, the oil extracted from olives is more popular than olive itself.
Technically a fruit used as a vegetable, olives come from Olea Europea tree. It has its roots in Syria or Crete about 7,000 years ago. The ancients have used it not just as a food source but also as fuel and medicine. Oil extracted from olives has been in existence since 3,000 BC.
Oil is made by pressing fresh olives. It is a big part of the diet of the people from Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Greece. In the US, olive trees didn’t arrive until the Spanish colonisers brought it there between the 1500s up to the 1700s. Currently, most of the commercial production of olive oil is still concentrated in the Mediterranean.
To extract oil, fresh olives are crushed and pressed. There are several grades of olive oil. Each depends on the degree to which it has been processed. There's extra-virgin olive oil, regular olive oil, and refined or light olive oil.
Olive oil is a valuable addition to one’s diet because it is rich in nutrients. These nutrients bring in quite a list of impressive health benefits:
Recent studies have proven that olive oil consumption has cardio-protective effects. That’s because olive oil has hydroxytyrosol or HT, a polyphenol that protects the blood vessels from damage caused by free radicals. It also encourages the body’s antioxidant defense system, thus, keeping the cellular walls of the blood vessel strong.
As we age, our arteries and blood vessels are slowly being blocked by LDL cholesterol caused by an unhealthy diet. Olive oil contains oleic acid, it replaces saturated fats in the diet with unsaturated fats contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels which balances LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol in the body and helps lower blood pressure.
Olive oil contains a high amount of phytonutrients and polyphenols (terpenes, flavones, anthocyanidins, flavonols, lignans, simple phenols, secoiridoids and more) that balance the bacteria in the gut and even slow down the growth of bad bacteria.
Olive oil contains significant amounts of saturated fat (13.8% per 100g), monounsaturated fat (73%), Omega 6, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, among others. All these work together to bring virgin olive oil benefits that include: prevention of inflammation, maintenance of the bone health, improvement of cognitive functions and promotion of skin health
Does the olive oil you are using have character? Do you know how to assess a great virgin olive oil versus a poor one?
There are many factors that can make an impact on the character of an olive oil. One of them is how and where the olive trees are raised. Our trees are grown in soils that are fertile and in a pristine, uncontaminated area where olives thrive. The soil is free of harmful chemicals and the trees are untouched by pesticides all throughout their lives.
Our claim of offering virgin olive oil that is free of herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides is backed by evidence. We have soil certification and the approval of EU organic certification bodies to prove this. This way, you can be sure our product is not laden or tainted with chemicals.
Did you buy your olive oil from a reputable company? You may be using extra-virgin olive oil but take note that there’s a lot of fraud going on in the olive market. That olive oil you are using might not be as pure as you think.
Our organic virgin olive oil, on the other hand, is made from pure virgin olive oil—it has not been adulterated with chemicals or cheaper, lower quality oils.
The taste, smell, and colour of our virgin olive oil is delicate yet robust. And unlike other olive oils of its kind, it is not rancid. Enjoy its taste (and health benefits) in salad dressings, dips, sauces, breads, mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables and other savoury dishes.
Our virgin oil also has achieved the required acidity level—under two percent—adding to its overall superior quality.
Impact Foods can provide a consistent supply of organic virgin olive oil in bulk, private label and white label. We can also deliver to any place in the UK and all throughout Europe.