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Olive Health Information System

The project aims to provide users with a regularly updated database, giving them access to the latest research, including technical documents as well as more accessible content written in simple language

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Why should we demonize palm oil?

For a number of years now a defamatory campaign has been taking place against palm oil. The main accusation made is that it is one of the causes of child obesity. Objections have also been raised on the environmental impact of palm tree plantations. These claims, stirred up by mass media ravenously seeking scoops more than concrete facts, are provoking an emotional response from which we should steer away. We have often witnessed, throughout the years, the debunking of many so-called facts, which as such greatly influenced the consumption of certain foods. Before demonizing a certain oil, we should take into due account all the complex relationships that exist among its components

Giovanni Lercker, Massimo Cocchi


The definition of smoke point

Nowadays, the concept of smoke point is considered outdated, but in the past, it was considered a key parameter for frying, and despite everything, it is still taken into account. But what exactly is it? And what are the best oils for cooking?

Luigi Caricato


Why so much talking about anti-oxidants?

At present, available scientific evidence have not allowed to prove the superiority of extra virgin olive oil with respect to other vegetal fats beyond any reasonable doubt, yet. Still, it looks like the role of it in the Mediterranean diet is probably more complex than it was believed so far

Francesco Visioli


A holistic view of oil

Nourishment for the body and soul. We tend to consider olive oil as something we use with our food. But it is not so: oil can change our approach to life

Maria Carla Squeo

The fats to avoid

What fats should never be used for frying? Our choice of oil is often dictated by habit, and we risk using products that are not suitable for cooking at high temperatures. Many believe that when it comes to frying, all fats are the same, but it is not so.

Maria Carla Squeo


Olive juice is a heart saver

The use of extra virgin olive oil outside the traditional Mediterranean diet had never been investigated before the epidemiological study carried out by PREDIMED. This investigation reveals that, even alone, extra virgin olive oil can protect our heart, and that the reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease does not depend on its combination with a Mediterranean diet.

Guido Balestra


Olive oil, the most digestible of oils

Exactly: extra-virgin olive oil is the most digestible of dietary fats. We should keep this in mind when choosing what to use for cooking or dressing our food. Many consumers however are often unaware of this undisputable fact.

Maria Carla Squeo


The best dietary fat

“Why olive oil is the best and healthy dressing and cooking”, a group on facebook highlights the high nutritional and health value of oils from olives

Massimo Occhinegro

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