Daily Archives: June 28, 2013

  • Canton olive oil company to connect Greece and the U.S.

    A Canton resident is trying to bring what she sees as “true” extra-virgin olive oil from Greece to the United States – primarily through online sales.

    The Pure Greek Olive Co. was founded in January by Stella J. Karavas, a first-generation Greek immigrant who was born and raised in Canton.

    Karavas is the company’s American-based president and CEO, while the company’s operations in the European Union are headed by Stratos Ketsetzis of Greece.

    Although Pure Greek olive oil is available in select locations – including the Shaw’s in Canton – Karavas says their goal is to keep their sales as online-based as possible.

    “We want to take the money we would’ve used to pay stocking fees at supermarkets to offer free packaging and shipping, to bring it right to people’s door,” Karavas said.
    The company received a shipment of 2,000 bottles earlier in the year and is due to receive its second shipment soon.

    According to Karavas, all of the olives used by the company are grown in Lakonia, Greece. What will make the oil stand out in a crowded market, she says, is that it’s truly “extra virgin.”

    “Our oil is at 3 percent acidity,” Karavas said. “The FDA requires ‘extra virgin’ to be anything with acidity under 8 percent, but you can add things to it and no one will know unless they do their research.”

    Karavas pointed to recent studies from the University of California-Davis which showed that nearly 70 percent of imported olive oils labeled “extra virgin” did not meet U.S. or international standards.
    The company has no other employees besides Karavas and Ketsetzis. It contracts public relations and other work out to five Canton-based consultants.

    By Dan Schneider
    The Patriot Ledger

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    A Canton resident is trying to bring what she sees as “true” extra-virgin olive oil from Greece to the United States – primarily through online sales. The Pure Greek Olive Co. was founded in January by Stella J. Karavas, a first-generation Greek immigrant who was born and... 
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  • Olive Oil Helps Prevent Prostate Cancer

    Organic Olive Oil Producer Bellucci Premium Offers a Statement on Recent Studies That Show Olive Oil Helps Prevent Prostate Cancer

    Bellucci Premium comments on a report that an olive oil rich diet can improve the survival rate of those diagnosed with prostate cancer.

    On June 27, Following an article that recaps new studies showing the benefits of olive oil and nuts on prostate cancer, organic olive oil producer Bellucci Premium recaps the findings.

    According to an article on NPR, even small changes in an individual’s diet can have beneficial health effects. The article mentions a report by the JAMA Internal Medicine, which found evidence that the addition of olive oil into a diet can increase the survival rate of those with prostate cancer.

    The study involved 4,500 men who had been diagnosed with non-metastatic cancer of the prostate gland. After researchers studied the fat intake of each individual, they discovered that “men who replaced 10 percent of their total daily calories from carbohydrates (such as rice, bread and sweets) with vegetable fats (such as olive oil and canola) after their cancer diagnosis had a 29 percent lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer and a 26 percent reduced risk of death during a median of eight years of follow-up.”

    Erin Richman of the University of California was quoted in the article and gave insight on why these results may have been possible. Richman said that high levels of insulin can aid in the multiplication of cancer cells. Since oils reduce circulating insulin, this could be the factor. Since the American Cancer Society estimates that 2.5 million men have this disease, this report is important.

    “The evidence this report is showing makes the consumption of olive oil a very important aspect of an individual’s diet,” says Bellucci Premium marketing manager Natalie Sexenian. “This report also adds to the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil.

    Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, with a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. The third type of oil Bellucci produces is the finest 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown in many different regions of Italy.

    Article source prweb
    Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) June 27, 2013

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  • Can a few more drops of olive oil improve your bone health?

    Olive oil is typically known for its benefits on heart health and cholesterol. This is due to the fact that the dietary fats found in olive oil are monounsaturated, which are the “good” fats. Nevertheless, with olive oil and any fat that is deemed healthier than other butters and oils, everything should still be consumed in moderation.

    A new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and produced in Spain, has found a new, and crucial, benefit to the adoption of olive oil as a regular staple in your diet. The researchers examined 127 men, ages 55-80, over a two-year period who ate a Mediterranean diet enriched with olive oil. The study resulted in finding higher levels of osteocalcin in their blood, which is known to be a marker of strong and healthy bones.

    As lead researcher, José Manuel Fernández-Real, explains, “the intake of olive oil has been related to the prevention of osteoporosis in experimental and in vitro models. This is the first randomized study which demonstrates that olive oil preserves bone, at least as inferred by circulating bone markers, in humans.”

    Interestingly enough, olive oil actually packs a higher number of calories than butter and other oils with 120 calories per tablespoon (102 calories for the same amount of butter). However, you should eat it anyway. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that we are not consuming the recommended amount of olive oil, which is of 25 to 27 grams per day, but that we typically consume approximately 60 percent of that amount. Regardless of calories, olive oil is an essential part of a heart and bone healthy diet because of the type of fat present.

    With regards to bone health, olive oil should not be the end all, be all. In other words, olive oil does not replace the need for calcium and vitamin D in combating osteoporosis. Health professionals suggest though, that adding the three aspects to your diet together, along with regular exercise, show strong promise for good bone health. Adding olive oil to your daily diet is simple in that it can replace any other oils and butters in cooking, baking, and salad dressings, for example.
    What is your favorite way to add olive oil to your diet?

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