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    Should You Drink Olive Oil?

    Medical professionals and dieticians have long championed the health benefits contained in olive oil, and it remains a key ingredient of the Mediterranean diet.

    A fat with high amounts of antioxidants, olive oil helps protect heart and blood cells, and drinking it each day is good for cardiovascular well-being, according to Livestrong.

    Heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and some forms of cancer are among the conditions that can be helped by including olive oil to a diet, according to oliveoiltimes.com.

    Consumption may also help spur weight loss and pain relief, though Livestrong notes that olive oil should be taken in moderation because of its high caloric content.

    A study published in the June 2010 issue of Journal of Women’s Health examined whether an olive oil-rich diet facilitated weight loss, and concluded that an olive oil-rich diet prompted more weight loss than a lower-fat diet during an eight-week stretch.

    A study published in the British Journal of Medicine found that extra virgin olive oil contains the compound oleocanthal, which acts in ways similar to pain the medication Ibuprofen.

    In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration allowed a qualified health claim from the North American Olive Oil Association that roughly two tablespoons of monosaturated fatty acids from olive oil each day may decrease the risk of coronary heart disease.
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    Livestrong warns that drinking large amounts of olive oil could cause an accidental Vitamin E overdose, which may then make it more difficult the body to form blood clots. And at 120 calories per tablespoon, calories add up fast.

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  • Doubts about the new standards of the OOCC

    “Random Testing of Store-Bought California Extra Virgin Olive Oils” report by the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) determined that two-thirds (67%) of the California extra virgin olive oils tested failed at least one chemical measure of the new OOCC standards. However, not all experts agree with this conclusion because they underscore that the new standards are invalid and they question the reliability of the analysis.

    The California Department of Food and Agriculture approved grading and labeling standards for California olive oil, which took effect on September 26th, 2014. The standards were recommended by the California Olive Oil Commission brought into existence by olive oil producers in recognition of their fast-growing industry.

    It’s worth recalling that the standards, based on scientific research at the UC Davis Olive Center, are unique to California and establish a more stringent limit for free fatty acids.

    The standards set California-specific guidelines that apply to handlers producing 5,000 gallons or more of olive oil made from olives grown in this State.

    The report published now by NAOOA has applied these standards to sixteen samples collected from California stores in mid-January 2015 and an additional two samples collected in New Jersey in March.

    Of all the samples tested, 67% failed at least one measure of the new OOCC standards. By contrast, only five samples (28%) failed one or more IOC quality measures. Only one of the samples failed a purity/adulteration measure (for stigmastadienes, which suggests contamination with refined oil) in addition to failing IOC and OOCC quality limits. However, that same sample passed the DAGs test which OOCC claims can detect adulteration.

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