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The Science

Many scientific studies demonstrated the therapeutic benefits of olive oil.  It prevents cardiovascular diseases, cancer, obesity, premature cell aging and diabetes. It has a positive effect on blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well.  Some studies also show that olive oil would benefit children’s development during pregnancy and breastfeeding period.  For all these reasons, many health specialists do recommend the daily consumption of a high quality olive oil.  Another year of operations for La Belle Excuse would not be whole without making contributions to organizations promoting good health habits.

Myth or reality
  • A dark bottle preserves the oil better.

    True
  • Even if the olive oil will keep for 24 months after harvest, it is mandatory to have an expiry date on the container.

    True
  • You should be wary of low price olive oils since they usually are oil blends providing a very low percentage of extra virgin olive oil.

    True
  • Oil extracted from black olives is of a green color with golden highlights, mild and floral taste, hint of ripe fruits, and a peppery taste on the finish.

    True
  • Oil extracted from green olives is of a green color with golden highlights, clear and strong olives and greenery aromas, as well as a light peppery taste.

    True
  • A non-filtered olive oil as our “BRUT” might contain certain deposits at the bottom of the bottle but retains all of its natural properties.

    True
  • Cooking with first quality olive oil is not recommended.

    False
  • Naturally decanted or filtered olive oil is among the best choices for cooking since it is resistant to heat and therefore keeps its nutritional characteristics.  The smoke point of extra virgin olive oil (210 ̊C) is much higher than the ideal home fried cooking temperature (180 ̊C).

    True
  • Olive oil increases the “bad cholesterol” (LDLs) and leads to weight gain.

    False
  • Foods fried in olive oil have a lower lipid content than those fried in other oils or butter.  Consequently, a diet rich in olive oil has been proven to help with weight loss and weight management.

    True
  • A “light” olive oil does not refer to its content in fat but to its taste and color! Therefore we might question its authenticity.

    True
  • The properties of the black olive oil are the same as the green olive oil and may be used in the same way.  In fact, only the flavour differs.

    True
The Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet, also called Cretan diet, is a traditional way of living in many countries located close to this beautiful sea.  This diet is characterized by the high content of fruits and vegetables, grains, fish, a low consumption of red meats and milk products and emphasizes the use of olive oil.  Another benefit of the Mediterranean diet is certainly linked to the philosophy to MAKE TIME for eating and sharing a meal with family and friends.

 

Therefore, anything is a good excuse to add a splash of olive oil to all dishes.  Like salt and pepper, olive oil is a must in the kitchen and each variety has its significant characteristics and uniqueness to be discovered.