Daily Archives: May 11, 2015

  • New Study Demonstrates Heart Health Benefits of Mediterranean Diet

    Medical Research: What are the main findings?
    Response: The diet-heart hypothesis has been researched during decades. A common mistake was to assume that a high intake of all types of fat was detrimental for cardiovascular health and could cause heart attacks and strokes. Therefore a low-fat diet was proposed as the best way to prevent heart attacks and strokes. This was wrong.

    Alternatively, the Mediterranean diet, rich in fat from natural vegetable sources (olive oil, tree nuts), was also considered a healthy dietary pattern.

    However, most of the evidence to support these benefits of a fat-rich Mediterranean diet came from observational studies and no randomized clinical trial had ever assessed the Mediterranean diet in PRIMARY prevention (i.e. in initially healthy people)

    Medical Research: What are the main findings?
    Response: We randomized 7447 participants to one of three diets: 1) Mediterranean diet with free (at no cost) provision of virgin olive oil; 2) Mediterranean diet with free (at no cost) provision of tree nuts; 3) Control group (advice to follow a low fat diet).

    After 5 years, we found a 30% relative reduction in the risk of a combined end-point of heart attacks+stroke+cardiovascular death. We also observed strong reductions in the risk of peripheral artery disease and also significant reductions in the risk of type-2 diabetes and atrial fibrillation, especially with virgin olive oil.

    Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
    Response: A Mediterranean diet with abundance of olive oil, tree nuts, other plant-derived foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes), red wine (with meals), fish, and low in red/processed meats, with no sweet desserts and no sugar-sweetened beverages represents the ideal and more sustainable dietary pattern to improve heart health and to prevent strokes, atrial fibrillation and type-2 diabetes.

    Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
    Response: In the upcoming months and years we will be able to assess the role of the Mediterranean diet in the prevention or the major cancers (breast, colorectal, lung, prostate).

    We are currently doing good progress in showing the reduction in the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia with a Mediterranean diet rich in extravirgin olive oil.

    MedicalResearch.com Interview was with: Miguel Á. Martínez-González, MD, MPH, PhD
    Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health
    School of Medicine, University of Navarra
    Navarra, Spain.
    Please visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23670794

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  • Italian researchers expose new uses for products derived from olive oil extraction

    In Thursday’s session of Expoliva two lectures given by Italian experts and organized by the Pieralisi Group took place. Both dealt with the appropriateness of extending the range of products that are extracted from olives during oil production, for example, olive pate.

    Maurizio Servili, with his talk “New approaches to the exploitation of other products derived from the extraction of olive oil”, and Michele Balzano, with “innovative technologies for the production of extra virgin olive oil quality and evolution of physicochemical parameters during storage “, they presented the results of their latest research.

    After introducing soy as a paradigm of the use of a product, Servili said that oil extraction has a long way to go in this direction. Therefore, the researchers proposed use in human food, animal and cosmetics that would remove more healthy performance of the recognized properties of a fruit that, currently, at best, only reaches an advantage of more than twenty percent .

    Both lectures, which received large crowds, were filed by Genaro Pieralisi. He explained the director of the machinery manufacturing group, changes in current production processes would make viable these new uses for known products of oil extraction.

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  • Expoliva 2015 rewards the quality of oils and exhibitors

    Friday have been awarded the prizes of the seventeenth edition of the International Fair of Olive Oil and related industries Expoliva, which aim to recognize both the quality and originality of some of the exhibitions shown at the event as the excellence of the which they have been considered best oils in the year.

    Expoliva 2015 rewards the quality of oils and exhibitors
    Francisco Reyes, president of Trade Jaen, said that the awards “recognize the best among the best and are the result of a great job to give consumers the highest quality.” In increasingly competitive markets, Reyes added, “the amount is not enough to win and we must go for excellence.” Francisco Reyes Expoliva has concluded that, by its global relevance and be a driver of innovation and quality “is the best showcase to recognize those who, through their efforts, perform a task that assumes the only way to guarantee success in the markets. ”

    The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Juan Antonio Cortecero, also present at the ceremony, highlighted the work of the winners of the Expoliva, the oldest awards are of this type, “reflecting the progress that has been experiencing the olive and olive oil sector. ”

    At the ceremony, which took place at 13:00 in the Hall Expoliva Virgin Extra, thirteen prizes, five second prizes and one second prize have been distributed as follows:
    – Stand Design Award in the category of Institutional Stand:

    Spanish Federation of Industrial Olive Oil Manufacturers, INFAOLIVA
    – Stand Design Award in the category of Machinery Olive Stand:  Alfa Laval Iberia SA

    – Stand Design Award in the category of Stand Oil: Interprofessional Organization of Spanish Olive Oil.

    – First Prize for Technical Innovation: Gea Westfalia-Foss-Department. Robotics (UJA), by SAPEA (Self-Management System Extraction Process virgin olive oil).

    Second prize of technical innovations: Sociedad Cooperativa Andaluza Our Lady of Health, Posadas (Córdoba) for their reception hopper mobile floor.

    – National Prize for Communication: Posthumously to Olatz Ruiz, in recognition of his career.

    – International Communication Award for the promotion of olive oil: Communication campaign The Good Life Embassy, ​​the Interprofessional Olive Oil.

    – Communication Award landscapes Olivar: Land of Olives, Audiovisual production Cedecom

    – Award for Best Food made with olive oil: The Gergaleña Products Artisan SL, of Gégal (Almería) for preparing fried tomato author, made with extra virgin olive oil.

    Awards for Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
    – Intense green Fruity:
    First prize: Oleoestepa, The Immaculate Conception SCA, the Roda de Andalucía (Sevilla). Second prize: Claudium, Aroden Hispania SL, Carcabuey (Córdoba)

    – Fruity green means:
    First prize: Cortijo Holy Spirit, El Trujal Loma SL, Ubeda (Jaen). Second prize: San Carlos Gourmet, Pay Baldío San Carlos SL, of Madajas (Caceres).

    – Fruity Mature:
    First prize: Water House Blend Oro Bailen, of Galgón 99 SL, Ubeda (Jaen). Second prize: Payment Baldío San Carlos, San Carlos Pay Baldío SL, Majadas (Cáceres).

    – Organic production:
    First prize: Finca La Torre, Finca La Reja SL Boadilla (Málaga). Second prize: Almazaras Subbética of SCA mills in the Subbética, Carcabuey (Córdoba).

    – Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Jaen Gran Picual:
    First prize: Picual Family Reserve Oro Bailen, of Galgón 99 SL, Villanueva de la Reina (Jaén). Second prize: Cortijo La Torre, San Antonio Oil SLU, Jaen.

    Finally, the Official Poster Award went to Expoliva 2015 Aguilo Christopher Dominguez, from Alcantarilla (Murcia).

    Source www.expoliva.info

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  • Expoliva 2015 exceeds forecasts and becomes the best ever

    The seventeenth edition of the International Fair of Olive Oil and Allied Industries, held from 6 to 9 May at the Provincial Trade Fair and Congress Center of Jaen under the slogan “Olive landscape, Humanity Heritage” comes hopeful for a sector that has not been immune to the crisis.

    For four intense days, Expoliva become again a truly global epicenter of the olive sector and olive oil and related industries: olive oil machinery, cooperatives and mills, fertilizers, packaging and distribution… Since its first edition in 1983, the International Olive Oil and Allied Industries Fair has grown exponentially in the number of exhibitors, professionals and services and visitors who tour their facilities. The great interest in this biennial event is perfectly reflected in the high rate of recruitment: with six months to go, the sample had completed 85% occupancy, highlighting the high percentage of exhibitors who repeated presence at the fair.
    José Castro
    On the last day of Expoliva, from fairs Jaén has made the balance of this year with figures exceeding expectations already optimistic. A 280 exhibitors and over 500 brands present, add an influx of public Expoliva making 2015 the best ever.

    On balance, given by José Castro, president of the Board of Trade Jaen and Sebastian Quiros, Chief of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment and Executive Chairman of the Foundation of the olive grove, has specified that “adding expectations that the organization manages to Saturday at 38.543 registered visitors until Friday, it is estimated that their closure, have passed through Expoliva between 48,000 and 50,000 people. They are overcome, thus the 47,824 visitors to the previous edition. ”

    He has also been an improvement over 2013 in terms of international presence. They spend 25 to 31 international companies present as exhibitors from Germany, Argentina, Slovenia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Tunisia and Turkey. And if the rise in visitors is slight, as foreign professionals, the improvement is spectacular. They have risen from 2,600 in 2013-3353 to this issue and if we go back to 2011, the increase is 300%. These come from 40 different countries, including Argentina, China, Chile, Ghana, India, Mexico, Poland, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay, among others.

    The media coverage of Expoliva was also very important 113 accredited media (101 in 2013) and 378 national and international journalists (342 in 2013).

    The organizers are extremely satisfied with data that are “the result of hard work by parties Jaén Fairs” as José Castro said. Do not forget that in this issue, “have increased the number of spaces available, increasing the tent, putting a new exhibition area and increased space Total Foreign Pavilion”.

    Aware of the importance of exports for the sector’s development, from the beginning Expoliva 2015 was designed to enhance this aspect. “Importantly importing companies who attended Expoliva 2015 are different from those that we visited in 2013, with the ultimate goal of trying to open up the market to more and more countries and companies that know our oil extra virgin olive “said Jose Castro.

    According to the chairman of the Board of Trade Jaen, “another big bets Expoliva and the main reason of this exhibition: to establish lines of business for participating companies, justify holding three trade missions, two more than in 2013” . These are the oil trade mission organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Linares, Jaén Provincial Council and IFEJA; machinery trade mission organized by Extenda and technology transfer trade mission, organized by the Department of Innovation.

    In such missions they have been carried out a total of 520 meetings between buyers and sellers of oil, machinery and technology transfer. The purchasing companies came from 12 different countries and included 63 jiennenses selling companies. Jiennenses both producers and international buying companies have expressed their satisfaction about meetings that have qualified as the best they have attended.

    With regard to scientific and technical symposium Sebastián Quirós he has spoken of a 14% increase in participants and a total of 210 papers, 5% more than in the previous edition. “Sometimes’ she added the delegate feelings are more important than the figures and after talking to the professionals, you are very positive.” Quiros has reaffirmed the importance of the Symposium follow linked to the trade fair, because “it is precisely this unique and specific character that has allowed to continue for seventeen editions Expoliva”.

    Therefore, José Castro explained, “have established excellent contacts with visitors jiennenses countries and companies, which we hope will translate in the future into good business relations for our olive oil.” In conclusion, Castro said that “we have set the bar high and we must work hard to overcome the offer we have launched in Expoliva 2015”.

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