Phenolic compounds in olive oil could help repress genes linked to inflammation, thereby providing a molecular basis for the reduction of heart disease risk already linked to the consumption of olive oil.
Populations around the Mediterranean are abandoning their traditional healthy diets, the FAO has warned, as incomes increase and consumers opt for more meat, saturated fats and time-saving processed foods.
The presence of Benecol in Portugal is increasing with the
announcement that the cholesterol-reducing ingredient is being
introduced to olive oil, said to capture all the growth in the fats
markets in Portugal by 2010.
Polyphenols found in olive oil, a mainstay of the Mediterranean
diet, may prevent infection with the Helicobacter pylori
bacteria, said to be the cause of millions of cases of gastritis
and peptic ulcer disease each year.
DSM Nutritional Products is expanding distribution of its
olive-derived Hidrox ingredient to Europe, Asia, Latin America and
Africa, aimed at foods related to the Mediterranean lifestyle and
joint health supplements.
Walnuts, a rich source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), could
improve artery function and heart health and may be more important
in a Mediterranean-type diet than olive oil, suggests a small study
Fundamental research from the US suggests that an enzyme could
convert sugars in the presence of olive oil to form 'nano
organogels' - potentially leading to novel delivery systems for
food preservatives, flavours, and bioactive...
The health benefits associated with olive oil together with an
increased interest in Mediterranean foods have contributed to the
growth of an "invigorated" market for the product in the US,
according to a new report.
An olive leaf extract that has more potent antioxidant activity
than many green tea or grapeseed supplements is making sales of A$1
million (€639,400) per month in Australia and could soon reach
Spanish olive oil R&D firm Genosa I+D has gained regional
government backing for its novel function food ingredients, which
look set to boost the olive oil sector as it copes with changes to
Laboratory results showing that oleic acid dramatically cuts the
expression of a gene involved in the development of breast cancer
have been acclaimed as a major breakthrough in understanding the
benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
Olive oil has become the latest food to win the FDA's approval,
receiving a cautious nod that will allow the product to display a
qualified health claim for its potential to reduce coronary heart
Spanish functional oils company Genosa has launched a new line of
products based on what it claims is the most concentrated form
available of the olive polyphenol, hydroxytyrosol. Two Spanish
firms are currently working on the first...
Spanish nutraceuticals firm Natraceutical is promoting a patented
olive powder to the European food industry this week, said to both
impart olive flavour and significantly raise the antioxidant
content of foods.
Waste water from olive oil production may be used as a source of
valuable bioactive antioxidants - widely believed to have a
protective effect on human health - as scientists in southern
Europe develop a new technique to recover the...
As research continues to show the benefits of the Mediterranean
diet, and numbers of northern Europeans migrating to the south
grows, researchers launch a project to find out if a new lifestyle
can really bring improved health.
Olive oil has long been touted as an essential part of the healthy
Mediterranean diet, but new evidence appears to show exactly why -
it helps reduce the oxidation of LDL of 'bad' cholesterol, linked
to the hardening of...