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Polyphenols and Antioxidants in Olive Oil

Polyphenols and Antioxidants in Olive Oil

Since we found our True Tuscan extra virgin olive oil, we knew it was special. Its robust, peppery taste delights the palate, lingering even after its left your mouth, and it’s the only extra virgin olive oil we’ve found in ten years of searching that is actually made mostly from olives native to Tuscany. After …

Smaller Harvest Leads to Worldwide Price Increase

As the 2016 harvest season comes to a close this month, olive production is reportedly down worldwide. Citing factors such as adverse weather and an infestation of the olive fruit fly, nearly all of the world’s top olive oil producing countries have shown a decline in quantity, despite maintaining high quality. “a 14-percent drop is expected … Continue reading "Smaller Harvest Leads to Worldwide Price Increase"

Are there carcinogens in your beauty products?

Are there carcinogens in your beauty products?

Most our community of friends at Healthy Harvest are healthy eaters. We read nutrition labels and are cautious of what ingredients we’re putting in our bodies. We choose organic and avoid GMOs and hormones whenever possible. But how often do we pay attention to what we’re putting on our skin? Our skin is our biggest organ … Continue reading "Are there carcinogens in your beauty products?"

6 Ways Oregano Oil Can Help you Stay Well During Cold &Flu Season

6 Ways Oregano Oil Can Help you Stay Well During Cold &Flu Season

Doctors, naturopaths, and a number of other health professionals have long touted Oregano Oil as one of nature’s most potent medicinal plants. Oregano oil also has antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. According to natural health expert Dr. Mercola, “The most therapeutically beneficial is the oil produced from wild oregano or Origanum vulgare that’s …

Mediterranean Diet reduces risk of Alzheimers

Mediterranean Diet reduces risk of Alzheimers

A study published in Frontiers in Nutrition in July confirmed that following the Mediterranean Diet (MedDiet) slows cognitive decline and can lower the risk for Alzheimers. The study was a systemic review of research over the past 15 years to understand how the MedDiet affects cognitive processes over time. They define the MedDiet as “abundant … Continue reading "Mediterranean Diet reduces risk of Alzheimers"

Antioxidant in Olive Oil Proven to Kill Cancer

Antioxidant in Olive Oil Proven to Kill Cancer

By now, the diverse health benefits of olive oil are widely known, but perhaps one of the most profound discoveries is that olive oil could be useful in preventing and fighting cancer. No wonder people in the Mediterranean live so long! A study by Rutgers University and published in Molecular and Cellular Oncology found that one of …

Why Healthy Fats Don’t Make You Fat, Part 2

Why Healthy Fats Don’t Make You Fat, Part 2

We’ve been told for years that fat is our enemy, but researchers of the ketogenic diet are proving otherwise. After reading lots of sources, Authority Nutrition has the most thorough, yet simple explanation. Visit here for the full article or read the recap below. What is the Ketogenic diet? It’s a low-carb, high-fat diet that …

Why Healthy Fats Don’t Make You Fat

Why Healthy Fats Don’t Make You Fat

If you’re like me, you might have grown up with the repeated message that a key to health is to avoid or limit all fats. Based on that reasoning, I cooked for years with as little butter and oil as possible thinking I was preventing weight gain or heart disease. When I first met the …

Phenols in EVOO May Protect Bone Mass

Phenols in EVOO May Protect Bone Mass

A recent article based on review of 37 scientific studies reports that the phenols in extra virgin olive oil may prevent loss of bone mass. Another study that evaluated three groups of elderly men over a two-year period. Only the group with extra intake of olive oil had increased levels of serum osteocalcin and procollagen …

Frying in Olive Oil: Healthy or Harmful?

Frying in Olive Oil: Healthy or Harmful?

Many of us have been led to believe that olive oil should be reserved for salad dressings or a finishing drizzle over meals. But did you know that not only is it safe to cook with olive oil, it is actually one of the most nutrient-dense, stable fats you can use? This article from Authority Nutrition …

Healthy Benefits of Olive Oil

Healthy Benefits of Olive Oil

So you probably knew olive oil was healthy, but did you know it could do all this?!

UC-Davis finds 86% of Olive Oil in U.S. doesn’t meet Extra Virgin standards

UC-Davis finds 86% of Olive Oil in U.S. doesn’t meet Extra Virgin standards

In 2010, the University of California-Davis found that most olive oil in the U.S., despite being labeled as extra virgin, did not meet U.S. or international standards. Our chemical testing indicated that the samples failed extra virgin standards for reasons that include one or more of the following: oxidation by exposure to elevated temperatures, light, …