Olive Oil

Taming the heart health benefits of wild olive oil

Taming the heart health benefits of wild olive oil

By Lynda Searby

Could wild olive oil have health benefits to rival its cultivated counterpart? An animal study from the University of Seville shows that oil from the ancient Acebuche olive species could reduce arterial hypertension.

The EU health claim-backed olive extract market is growing in Europe - and beyond. ©iStock/leonori

Genosa enlists Cambridge Commodities to grow UK olive extract market

By Lynda Searby

As Spanish hydroxytyrosol extract producer Genosa appoints Cambridge Commodities as its UK distributor, anecdotal evidence indicates that the interest in olive polyphenol extracts ignited five years ago by EFSA’s positive scientific opinion is far from...

The 10th World Congress on Polyphenol Applications played host to a number of eminent speakers, scientists, researchers and food industry professionals.

10TH WORLD CONGRESS ON POLYPHENOL APPLICATIONS

Polyphenol round up: Best of the rest

By Will Chu from Porto

NutraIngredients presents a final summary of notable research presented at the 10th World Congress on Polyphenol Applications in Porto this year.

The power of antioxidants in lowering the risk of chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma, and Crohn's disease has been well documented. © iStock.com / Daniela Andreea Spyropoulos

Special Edition: Antioxidants, polyphenols and carotenoids

Inflamed & stressed: Rejuvenating antioxidants in big demand

By Will Chu

Healthy ageing and the insights garnered from micronutrient studies could help drive demand for products that reduce inflammation and ease oxidative stress on the body, according to industry experts.

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Olive-sourced hydroxytyrosol effective in biscuits: Study

By Lynda Searby

Olive oil phenol hydroxytyrosol has been shown to be highly bioavailable and to lower oxidised LDL (low density lipoprotein) levels when incorporated into biscuits, suggesting functional food applications could be on the horizon for this EFSA-backed polyphenol. 

More than a myth: The science behind the Mediterranean diet

More than a myth: The science behind the Mediterranean diet

By Niamh Michail

The benefits of the Mediterranean diet have been firmly established – we all know that we should eatmore fresh fruit and vegetables, use olive oil, eat whole grains, nuts and pulses, a few dairy products and a little meat – but why do we know it?FoodNavigator...

Fytexia targets US expansion with new US-structure and Med Diet science

Fytexia targets US expansion with new US-structure and Med Diet science

By Stephen Daniells

French raw material supplier Fytexia wants to more than double its US business within five years by bringing the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet to North America, as it opens a sales office in the New York City area and a warehouse in Salt Lake City,...

Plant-based Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by 30%

Dispatches from the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by 30%: 'Landmark’ study provides compelling evidence that it’s the type, not the level of fat, that counts for cardio health

By Elaine Watson, Loma Linda, California

People following an energy unrestricted plant-based diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts can reduce their risk of a major cardiovascular event by 30% compared with people following a purely low-fat diet, according to a “landmark” new...

Spanish company sponsors ABC’s olive info

Spanish company sponsors ABC’s olive info

The American Botanical Council announced yesterday that Natac, a Spanish natural products company, has agreed to sponsor ABC’s information on olives through its Adopt-an-Herb Program.

Olive oil may boost blood vessel function: Study

Olive oil may boost blood vessel function: Study

By Stephen Daniells

Supplementing the diet with olive oil may improve the function of cells lining blood vessels in people with atherosclerosis, says a new study from the US and Italy.

Kaneka oils CoQ10 market without heart health claims

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Kaneka oils CoQ10 market without heart health claims

By Shane Starling from Geneva

Japanese CoEnzymeQ10 leader, Kaneka, is finding success in new product formats like olive oil for the heart health nutrient, even as its health claims have joined the long list of rebuttals under the EU’s new uber-strict system.

Olive oil extract space gains another player

Olive oil extract space gains another player

By Shane Starling

Spanish firm Probeltebio has joined a growing list of players in the olive oil extract space that has been hot ever since olive extract polyphenols won a rare botanical antioxidant health claim from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Healthy oil components may fight pancreatitis

Healthy oil components may fight pancreatitis

By Nathan Gray

Fatty acids and phytochemicals found in fish oil and olive oil have been shown to block cellular mechanisms involved in the development of acute pancreatitis, say researchers.

Dr Aine Hearty

Could conditions of use condemn health claim victories?

By Dr Aine Hearty

In recent months the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has come under increasing pressure to moderate its scientific approach to the assessment of health claims from parts of the industry and the academic community.

Stefano Germani

Italian government backs olive extract supplier

By Shane Starling

A former Italian government research project has been spun off into a start-up company specialising in naturally extracted olive oil extracts, as competition heats up in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)-approved cardiovascular benefitting category.

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