- Olive oil is actually fruit juice! Olives are stone fruits, like peaches and cherries.
- Olive oil is one of the only oils obtained by pressing fruit, rather than seeds.
- It takes an entire olive tree to produce 3.5 litres of olive oil.
- There are hundreds of different varieties of olives, which make thousands of different kinds of oils, very similar to the abundance of grape varieties and types of wine.
- Olive trees can live for up to 800 years and even longer!
Olive oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, in particular oleic acid, which helps keep the cardio circulatory system in good health. Unsaturated fats help maintain the body’s arterial elasticity and positively affect the “good” cholesterol (HDH). Olive oil is also rich in phenolic compounds which act as natural anti-oxidants, not present in any other oil and is also a significant source of Vitamin E.
- Olive oil is 77% unsaturated fat and is naturally cholesterol-free.
- Olive oil contains no salt.
- Olive oil is rich in anti-oxidants that are said to provide many health benefits, including prevention of heart disease and cancer. Anti-oxidants are also said to protect us from free radicals, thus helping to fight the cell aging process.
- One serving, 2tsp of Bertolli extra virgin olive oil, provides 12% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin E.
The Bertolli range has an olive oil product for all your cooking needs. You can dress salads, top pasta dishes, marinate meats, grill vegetables and even sauté with Bertolli Originale or Gentile Extra Virgin Olive Oil. If you prefer to use just one all-purpose cooking oil, use Bertolli Classico Pure Olive Oil for its mild olive taste and high smoke point. If you want a very neutral tasting all-purpose oil, with a very high smoke point, that is perfect for all types of preparations including frying and baking, you can use Bertolli Delicato Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil.
Switching to good quality olive oil is recommended for many reasons including heart health, digestive health and immune system benefits.