Properties of raw virgin olive oil

Characteristics of extra virgin olive oil

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Extra virgin olive oil has a higher quality and more organoleptic properties than other olive oils. Its concentration of oleic acid or acidity is lower and close to 1%, which ensures a good quality product over other vegetable oils with higher levels of acidity.

The high quality of this oil gives it a strong fruity flavor with a slight touch of acidity very soft and a distinctive and intense green colour.

Properties of extra virgin olive oil

The consumption of extra virgin olive oil against other vegetable oils is recommended because of its superior composition and the production method.

  • Because of its oleic acid content and distribution it is considered the optimal oil for consumption and nutrition.
  • Because of its flavor and aroma, virtually nil properties in other types of oils.
  • Because of its more natural way of production, simpler and more natural than in refined oils. Besides, it does not contain “trans” fatty acids.

Advantages of raw virgin olive oil

Apart from its composition and the way it is produced, this type of oil has been considered superior to other vegetal oils for the following reasons:

  • Because it is the more stable oil, since it has lower content of polyunsaturated fatty acids. and a higher content of monounsaturated fatty acids. These are found to be less prone to rancidity and produce hazardous to our health, such as peroxides.
  • Because it is the best oil for frying since it is more resistant to high temperatures.
  • Because it provides more medicinal properties. It has been tested and recommended, among many other oils, for the Mediterranean diet.

What are the main health benefits of raw virgin olive oil?

It has been considered mainly very beneficial for:

  • The heart and circulatory diseases
  • Regulating cholesterol levels, preventing oxidation of lipoproteins and consequently the risk of atherosclerosis.
  • Protecting the liver.
  • Preventing constipation because of its gentle lubricating effect.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

10 January, 2024

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