Extra Virgin Olive Oil
‘Extra virgin’ olive oil is a mark of purity and quality rather than having anything to do with colour or flavour. La Barre extra virgin olive oil is produced right here in New South Wales (NSW) Australia. La Barre is in the fortunate position to produce olives on two farms with very different climates and growing conditions. The different locations produce olives with a great variety of attributes and thereby gives La Barre the opportunity to produce Australian olive oils with specific qualities and flavours, and of equal importance create a consistently high-quality product from year to year.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (#EVOO) is a fruit juice. It must be extracted using physical pressure. It has a positive flavour and odour and with no associated defects. Furthermore, its free fatty acid level must be below 0.8%. In the past EVOO was seen as the premium product, now days producing it is seen as the standard product and there is a great range of qualities between the oils from excellent to bad ones.On a health angle the positive qualities of olive oil referred to in research normally relates to EVOO.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Health Benefits
Extra virgin olive oil also has many health benefits not limited to, but including:
- Containing large amounts of antioxidants
- Having anti-bacterial properties
- Being protective against heart disease
- Assisting with anti-ageing and skin damage
Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in the world. Observational studies conducted a few decades ago showed that heart disease was rare around the Mediterranean Sea. This led to extensive research on the Mediterranean diet, which has now been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Extra virgin olive oil is one of the key features of this diet and protects against heart disease via numerous mechanisms. It lowers inflammation, protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation, improves the function of the lining of the blood vessels, and may help prevent unwanted blood clotting.